As an early childhood practitioner, understanding the unique needs and strengths of children and using quality early care and education practices are important pieces in caring for children. To support developmentally appropriate teaching approaches and best practices, Penn State Better Kid Care has a large collection of resources. The Tip Pages offer research-based information for understanding children and developing programs, the Activity Pages offer ideas for planning fun activities that support early learning, and the Lunch and Snack Ideas offer nutritious, easy-to-make recipes and food tips. The information and ideas are relevant for all early education and care programs and are a great way to learn, to be inspired, and to support professional development.
Home-based providers in Pennsylvania can receive The Basics for Caring for Children in Your Home binder and paper copies of the tips pages, activity pages, and lunch and snack ideas by mail. To order call the Better Kid Care Order Line at 800-452-9108.