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Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention (CECEI)


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Supporting the Developmental and Mental Health Outcomes for At-Risk Children 

In this article, we interviewed Dr. Brenda Jones Harden about her research and its implications for future early childhood interventions. Read more in this UMD College of Education news post

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Supporting Young Children’s Brain Development

The first years of children's lives are some of the most important when it comes to development and learning. Children’s bodies are rapidly developing, and one of the most critical aspects of their development is their brain growth. Fortunately, others can make a difference in the way young children’s brains develop. Learn more in this blog post.

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The Value of Play for Children’s Learning 

Dr. Elisa L. Klein discusses the importance of play and developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood education. Read this blog post to learn more.

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Universal Design for Learning Brings Accessibility to Early Childhood Education

Dr. Joan Lieber discusses the origins and underlying principles of Universal Design for Learning and ways it can be implemented in the early childhood classroom. Read this blog post to learn more.

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Promoting Math Skills in Early Childhood

In this article, we interviewed Dr. Geetha Ramani, a Faculty Affiliate at CECEI, about her research, the importance of promoting math skills for young children, and ways parents and professionals can help children develop math skills.

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Transitioning to a New School Year 

Transitions can be tough, especially if your child has special needs. In this blog post, we interviewed Lynette Russell, an Early Childhood Special Education Instructional Specialist in Prince George’s County Public Schools. Lynette shared with us ways that parents can help their young children adjust to the new school year.

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Back to School Tips for Parents of Young Children

In this blog post, we discuss how parents can help ease the transition into school for their preschoolers.

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The Role of Music in Early Childhood Classrooms

Nancy Nuttle is the director of Music Together Montgomery in Montgomery County, Maryland. For this blog post, we asked Ms. Nuttle to help us think about how early childhood educators can bring music into their classrooms. 

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The Importance of Music in Early Childhood

Young children love music, but did you know that music promotes early brain development? In this blog post, we discuss some of the different ways that music can benefit child development.

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Promoting Early Language Development

Sadiqa Cash is the Group Facilitator of weekly Caregivers Helping to Advance Toddler Talk, or "CHATT" groups at Samuel Chase Judy Center in Prince George’s County, Maryland. For this blog post, we interviewed Ms. Cash to learn more about how caregivers can promote early language development.

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Promoting Attachment and Early Development

Did you know that newborns come into the world biologically pre-wired to seek interaction? Read more about the importance of early caregiving relationships in this blog post.