Outdoor Play Benefits

Learn about some of the health benefits and get ideas for fun outdoor activities!

Let's Talk About Environments

The way your physical environment is set up sends powerful messages to the infants and toddlers in your care. What messages does your physical environment convey to young children? Are they positive messages of security, trust, comfort, and belonging? Does it offer children the freedom to move and explore? This podcast focuses on the concept of environmental messages, how the physical environment impacts relationships between children and adults, and offers strategies and suggestions for creating and sustaining environments that convey positive messages.

News You Can Use: Learning At Home and Homelike Environments

Children receive the message that they are in a kind and loving place when caregivers and family members are intentional about the environments they create. This resource will teach home visitors, program staff, caregivers and other early childhood educators how to create a space that is welcoming and homelike for children.

News You Can Use: Take It Inside

Going outside is one of the best ways to connect children with nature. However, sometimes bringing nature inside offers exciting experiences for infants and toddlers. Use this News You Can Use to spark creative ideas for natural items that can be used inside with young children.

News You Can Use: Outdoor Spaces

This News You Can Use is full of ideas about how to create outdoor spaces that are engaging for infants, toddlers, and their families. Early Head Start teachers and home visitors may use this resource to set up spaces for families using community resources such as parks, gardens, and nearby schools.

News You Can Use: Take It Outside

The News You Can Use e-newsletter supports teachers, home visitors, and parents in providing quality care for infants and toddlers. Learn about planning for time spent outside with infants and toddlers in your program.