Each week we highlight early childhood education news from around the country with a focus on young children, state regulations and programs, and product reviews. This week’s roundup includes cuts in early education, back to school resources, and more. Read and share today using the share button in the top right corner of this page!

Highlights for Teachers

Teaching Young Children (TYC) is the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s magazine designed especially for preschool teachers. TYC highlights current thinking on best practices in early childhood education, innovations in the field, research and its implications, and interesting ideas for and from preschool teachers. The articles and other features on their website reinforce the accreditation criteria for the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards on Relationships and Teaching and encourage effective teaching in the preschool years.

Engaging Diverse Families

Every year there are ten programs being recognized as being exemplary in their family engagement practices. The list for 2012 will be available on the official NAEYC website.

Highlights for Families

Growing minds need lots of nourishment, and books are excellent brain food! When you read together with your young child, things really start cooking. Reading together is relaxing and fun. And it is one of the best ways to strengthen children’s early literacy skills. These book suggestions and activities will let you and your child explore and investigate the world while enjoying time together.

Babysitter Sites

There are several websites out there that compare services like Sittercity,, or nannies4hire, which offer parents to find a babysitter in their area, or helps nannies to search for job listings online. The whole ranking is user-generated, and visitors may vote for each service by clicking on a number of stars. Check out the reviews here.