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Not Just Cute, the Podcast: Intentional Whole Child Development for Parents and Teachers of Young Children

Jun 8, 2024

In episode 74, I introduced you to Michele Dineen-White, the creator of Play Smart Literacy in Chicago.  Play Smart Literacy is a truly mobile outreach program, meaning that rather than hoping parents can overcome the burden of traveling to a specific location to receive services, Play Smart Literacy goes out into the...


Jun 8, 2024

Michele Dinneen-White was working in an early education outreach program when she realized something.  The program wasn’t actually reaching out to the families who needed it most.  Those families were still required to find the time and the means to get their child to the center in order to receive services.  And for...


Apr 18, 2024

Challenging behaviors seem to be on the rise in preschool classrooms.  Prerna Richards, of Together We Grow, specializes in supporting educators with a behavior coaching program.  In this episode, she shares what she believes is behind this increase, and what can be done to better help our youngest learners.

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Apr 4, 2024

Once upon a time.....

...Happily ever after.

These are common fairy tale phrases. But they're more than just staid story stems. These common phrases -- and the stories in between -- hold not only a recipe for imagination and fantasy but also for resilience.

Stephanie Goloway (EdD) is a powerful advocate for...


Mar 14, 2024

Most people associate the library with silence.  But what if we associated it with play?  

In this episode, I’m talking with Tammie Benham, Youth Services Consultant for the Southeast Kansas Library System. Tammie believes that where libraries, children, and families intersect, magic is possible.  And she’s set out...