Resources for Early Educators/Recursos para educadores de la primera infancia

Early Educator Resources /

Recursos para los educadores de la primera infancia

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Check out the Quality Start LA YouTube channel for more great resources!

Children’s Health:

Department of Public Health Early Care & Education COVID-19 Toolkit: This webpage provides information and guidance from the Los Angeles County (LAC) Department of Public Health (DPH), and resources from local, state, and national sources.  This toolkit also provides strategies to prevent outbreaks.  

Child Care Heroes website:  This website has information on the LA County COVID-19 guidance for safe operations during COVID-19. It also shows best practices for using the guidance and photos from early education programs like yours.

Héroes del Cuidado Infantil (Child Care Heroes):  Este sitio web tiene información sobre la guía y orientación del condado de Los Ángeles para el funcionamiento seguro durante COVID-19. También muestra las mejores prácticas para utilizar la guía y fotografías de programas de educación infantil como el suyo.

Small Steps for Big Vision: An Eye Health Information Tool Kit for Parents and Caregivers:  The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness partnered with the National Head Start Association to create an online resource – Small Steps for Big Vision: An Eye Health Information Tool Kit for Parents and Caregivers – to provide parents and caregivers with the information, suggested actions, and assistance they need to be empowered partners in their children’s vision and eye health, and to care for their own vision and eye health.

Pequeños pasos para una gran visión: Un kit de herramientas de información
sobre salud ocular para padres y cuidadores: El propósito de este kit de herramientas en línea es proporcionar a los padres y cuidadores la información, las acciones sugeridas y la asistencia que necesitan para ser socios empoderados en la salud visual y ocular de sus hijos, y para cuidar su propia salud visual y ocular

Ready to Schedule a Vaccination Appointment / Listo/a para programar una cita de vacunación:

QSLA’s Diversity and Equity Statement

Declaración de Diversidad y Equidad 

Gender Identity

Classroom Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

 My Name My Identity Educator Toolkit: Creating and Inclusive and Respectful School Community (Santa Clara County Office of Education):  This toolkit features activities that emphasize the importance of validating names, identity, and establishing inclusive communities for programs serving children prek-12th grade. The toolkit is designed to create assets-based and student responsive schools and early learning programs, a core principle in the California English Learner Roadmap. 

How to Support Young Learners in Racially Diverse Classrooms (Edutopia)  

Talking to Children About Race and Racism (Head Start): Explore these tips and resources, for families and staff, that address how young children learn about race and ways to talk to children to help them have open and healthy conversations, at all ages.

Teaching Differences and Similarities to Children: Quality Start LA’s Me and My Friends e-book was created to help guide conversations about diversity and inclusion.

Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC) Booklist:MASC’s vision is to celebrate multiracial identity in a racially inclusive world.  This booklist features books for young children with lead characters that are multi-racial so all children have the opportunity to see themselves in stories.  

Colours of Us-Multicultural Children’s Booklists: Colours of Us has created booklists for all ages (infant/toddler-high school) that highlight African, Asian, and Hispanic cultures, among others.

The Culture and Diversity Booklist (SEAL):     For children to feel affirmed and visible at school, it is crucial that their identities and experiences be reflected in the stories read in the classroom and made available in the classroom.  Books included on this list focus on Culture/Heritage, Multiracial/Mixed Identity, Bilingual and Dual Language Learner Experience, Immigration Experience or Uprooting, Economic Hardship, Family Background and Structure. and Gender Roles.

Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books: This guide from, Teaching for Change, offers valuable tips for educators to help choose books that authentically represent the lives of the children and families they serve, as well as other communities and cultures.

Click here for a wide array of Early Childhood Anti-Bias Education Booklists (i.e. Gender Identity, families, disabilities, and more)

QSLA’s Monthly Family Engagement Tip: Learn NEW strategies each month to build a culture of family engagement at your early learning program, and view previous months’ tips.

Consejo de compromiso familiar de QSLA en español: Aprenda estrategias para mejorar la participación familiar en su programa y vea los consejos de los meses anteriores.

NEW: Family Engagement Newsletter Archive: Each month QSLA sends out a Family Engagement Newsletter to providers by email, featuring a new topic each month! This is the archive of all Family Engagement Newsletters from September 2021 onward. These newsletters include resources for providers to implement with families directly as well as family activities, focusing on topics like Staff Development and Support, Welcoming Environment, Family Partnerships, Community Partnerships, and a special “You Asked, We Answered” section where we respond to provider support requests.

NUEVO: Archivo de boletines de compromiso familiar: ¡Cada mes, QSLA envía un boletín de compromiso familiar a los/as proveedores/as por correo electrónico, con un tema nuevo cada mes! Este es el archivo de todos los boletines de compromiso familiar desde septiembre de 2021 en adelante. Estos boletines incluyen recursos para que los proveedores los implementen directamente con las familias, así como actividades familiares, centrándose en temas como Desarrollo y apoyo profesional, Ambiente acogedor, Colaboración con familias, Colaboración comunitaria y una sección especial “Usted preguntó, nosotros respondimos” donde respondemos a solicitudes de apoyo proveedores/as.

QSLA’s Family Engagement Webinars: Watch our previous Family Engagement Webinars on our YouTube channel!

Seminarios web sobre compromiso familiar de QSLA: ¡Vea nuestros seminarios web anteriores sobre participación familiar en nuestro canal de YouTube!

Quality Counts California: Family Engagement Toolkit: Whether you’re a child care provider, trainer, coach, home visitor, or educator in another setting, you can benefit from Quality Counts California’s (QCC) Family Engagement Toolkit. The toolkit consists of five modules to continue your professional development on family engagement.  All professional development learning modules, practice simulations, and resources to extend your learning are available in Englishand Spanish.

Caja de herramientas de compromiso familiar (Quality Counts California): Independientemente de si usted es proveedor de cuidado infantil, instructor, capacitador, visitante domiciliario o educador en otro tipo de entorno, puede beneficiarse de la Caja de herramientas de la participación familiar de Quality Counts California (QCC).  La Caja de herramientas consiste de cinco módulos para continuar su desarrollo profesional sobre la participación familiar. Todos los módulos de aprendizaje sobre desarrollo profesional, simulaciones de prácticas y recursos para ampliar su aprendizaje están disponibles en inglésy en español.

Talk. Read. Sing (First 5 CA):  First 5 CA has a variety of resources focused on early language, reading, brain, and motor development.  Resources include activities, downloads, videos and more!

Strengthening Families Protective Factors On-line Trainings (Children’s Trust Fund Alliance): When families have the resources and supports they need, it increases the likelihood that children will grow up to be successful in school and in life.  The Strengthening Families Protective Factors trainings help those working with families to learn about the proactive ways they can support children and families.  

QSLA Talking Points for Families: Provides common messaging for providers to use while communicating with families about QSLA

Concrete Supports Infographic (English): A 2-page resource infographic with information about: Support Hubs, Food Support, Housing Assistance, Employment & Legal Assistance, Transporation, Mental & Physical Health, Domestic Abuse, and Regional Supports (Long Beach and Antelope Valley).

Infografía de apoyos concretos (español): Una infografía de recursos de 2 páginas con información sobre: centros de apoyo, apoyo alimentario, asistencia para vivienda, empleo y asistencia legal, transporte, salud mental y física, abuso doméstico, y apoyos regionales (Long Beach y Antelope Valley).

Dual Language Learner Resources:

QSLA DLL Initiative’s Resource page

Página de recursos de la Iniciativa de Aprendices de dos Idiomas (DLL)

Dual Language Learner Professional Development (CDE): The California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division (CDE/ELCD) offers the Dual Language Learners Professional Development Program (DLL-PD). State-funded early learning and care programs have access to this opportunity focused on DLL-PD. (PD providers include SEAL, GLAD, Language Learner Project, CPIN, and CSU Channel Islands)

NEW: Resources from the Field: 

Resources from the Field / Recursos del campo: QSLA has gathered activities and early learning practices that you and/or your fellow early educators have shared into ready-to-use resource documents. Click on the images on the page for the full PDF documents, including links and activities to support your work with children and families. Check back soon for more Resources from the Field! 

Early Math:

Teaching Math to Young Children:  These family and caregiver resources and activities, from the Institute for Educational Sciences, organized by math topics such as counting or shapes, include research-based and easy-to-follow steps to help you support your child’s math skills during a typical day.

PBS SoCal’s Family Math: Early math skills are key to unlocking a brighter future for your child. PBS SoCal’s Family Math program delivers trusted tools and bilingual resources that help families with children ages 2-5 uncover the joy of math in everyday experiences.

PBS SoCal’s Matemáticas en Familia: Las habilidades tempranas de matemáticas son la clave para que su hijo tenga un futuro más brillante. El programa Matematicas en Familia de PBS SoCal ofrece herramientas de confianza que ayudan a las familias con niños de 2 a 5 años a descubrir la alegría de las matemáticas en las experiencias cotidianas, en el hogar y en la comunidad.

Other Resources:

Child Abuse Prevention Resource Guide: The 2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide recognizes that there are actions we can take as a society and within communities, organizations, and families to address the root causes of child abuse and neglect. The child abuse prevention guide seeks to highlight the innovative ways that communities around the country are doing purposeful prevention work to help children and families thrive. 

  • Chapter 6 provides valuable resources, based on the Strengthening Families Protective Factors, for providers and families to work towards preventing child abuse and neglecting and having positive conversations about supporting families.  Resources available in English and Spanish.

Week of the Young Child Activity Guides: Check out QSLA’s activity guides that provide you and the families you serve with fun, interactive ways to celebrate each day of the Week of the Young Child!

Guías de actividades La Semana del Niño/a Pequeño/a:  Consulte las guías de actividades de QSLA que le brindan a usted y a las familias que sirve formas divertidas e interactivas de celebrar cada día de la Semana del Niño Pequeño!

Kindergarten Readiness Checklist: Use this checklist to identify the skills you can help children develop in order to prepare them for lifelong learning.

Tips to Improve Your Classroom Environment: Optimizing the environment improves how children interact with the space, furnishings, learning materials, and even their educators.

Managing Challenging Behavior / Manejando comportamiento difícil

Inclusion Matters, a Podcast by the Center for Inclusive Child Care: If you’re looking for assistance with challenging behaviors (particularly during transition times), listen to two of their podcast episodes:

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI): Check out their handy and clear infographics with strategies to support children with stress and challenging behaviors, such as these listed below! These are great images to print out for both family and program use! 

  • Help Us Have a Good Day! Positive Strategies for Families (English and Spanish)
  • Help Us Calm Down: Strategies for Children (English and Spanish)

La organización National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI): ofrece infografías claras y útiles con estrategias para apoyar a niños/as con estrés y comportamientos desafiantes. ¡Estas son imágenes excelentes para imprimir tanto para uso familiar como para programas! 

  • ¡Ayúdanos a tener un buen dia! Estrategias para familias (Inglés y Español)
  • ¡Ayúdanos a estar calmados: Estrategias para niños/as (Inglés y Español)

Recognizing & Regulating Emotions / Reconociendo y regulando emociones 

El Centro sobre los Fundamentos Sociales y Emocionales del Aprendizaje Temprano: Vea este paquete breve (6 páginas) sobre cómo enseñar a los/as niños/as (entre nacimiento y los 2 años de edad) acerca de los sentimientos con información sobre las etapas y estrategias que adultos/as pueden usar con niños/as pequeños/as – ¡perfecto para familias y programas!

Parenting Translator by Dr. Cara Goodwin: Check out child psychologist Dr. Cara Goodwin’s blog focused on “translating recent scientific research into information that parents can use”. Take 5 minutes to check out her piece on Emotion Coaching, where Dr. Goodwin provides a series of 5 short steps to help young children with emotional support and regulation.

El blog del Mundo Sapos y Princesas: nos comparte este articulo con consejos para enseñar inteligencia emocional en niños pequeños/as. Ofrecen consejos muy adecuados que nuestros programas y las familias pueden impartir juntos/as – y cómo ponerlas en acción, cómo:

  • Ver las necesidades y sentimientos

  • Aceptar todas las emociones

  • Recordar que la ira es una defensa

  • English Learners with Disabilities Resources (CDE): The diverse languages and cultures that California’s students bring to the classroom are assets on which to build.  This page includes a variety of resources geared toward supporting providers and families caring for English Learners with Disabilities.  Resources include distance learning, family resources, and those from a variety of organizations across the country.
  • California Practitioners’ Guide for Educating English Learners with Disabilities: This guide emphasizes the importance of respecting and being responsive to student and family culture and language when developing programs, services, and instruction for ELs in the state who may have a disability that impacts their ability to learn. Children, including children with disabilities, can successfully learn two or more languages, and multilingualism has linguistic, social, cognitive, academic, economic, and cultural benefits.
  • Child Care Providers’ VERY IMPORTANT Role in Early Intervention: Learn how to identify children who might need services and help their families get it for them as early as possible.
  • A Guide to Adaptations (STEMIE):At STEMIE, they use adaptations to ensure young children with disabilities can fully participate and engage in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning opportunities and experiences.  In this document, they describe an evidence-based inclusion framework and  provide definitions and examples of adaptations that adults can use to ensure young children with disabilities can participate fully in STEM learning experiences
  • Autism Resources from Sesame Street in Communities:
    • Sesame Street and Autism Playlist:  Watch these short videos featuring Julia and her Sesame Street friends with your little ones to learn more about autism and how we are all a little different.  #SeeAmazing
    • Sesame Street in Communities Autism Resources for Families: These resources from Sesame Street in Communities help support families, siblings, and children with autism.  As a parent or caregiver of a child with autism (or as someone who knows a person with autism), your understanding and support can help ease daily challenges…while celebrating the uniqueness of all children. 
    • Sesame Street en las Comunidades:  Autismo:  Los niños perciben el mundo de maneras diferentes. Esas diferencias son aún mayores para los niños autistas. La comprensión y el apoyo de los padres o cuidadores del niño o de alguien que conoce a una persona autista, pueden ayudar a manejar los desafíos diarios y a celebrar la singularidad de cada niño.  
    • Sesame Street and Autism: Resources You Can Use (Webinar) :  In this webinar, you’ll learn how you can use Sesame Street Autism resources to build acceptance, inclusivity, awareness, and understanding among the children and families that you serve.  
  • Autism Speaks Resource Guide: Check out Autism Speaks’ valuable list of state by state resources to support you or the families you serve with advocacy, health, evaluation and diagnosis, school, and other community or state level supports available to children with autism and their families.  
  • Autism Speaks Early Childcare Providers GuideThe purpose of this guide is to present ways for early childcare providers to better manage challenging behaviors in a childcare
    setting. It describes intervention strategies and positive behavioral supports to help class time go more smoothly. This toolkit
    also briefly describes Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), basic developmental milestones, and potential developmental red flags to
  • Teaching Children with Autism (NAEYC):  This article by NACYE sharing instructional supports for children with autism spectrum disorder.  Teachers who purposefully use multiple instructional approaches optimize children’s opportunities for learning. 

 #Childcareheroes Resource Toolkit: This toolkit supports and honors our incredible QSLA #childcareheroes by providing tips and ideas for showcasing the incredible work they to support children and families in pictures, newsletters, social media, and more!  

Kit de Recursos y Herramientas #ChildCareHeroes: ¡Esta caja de herramientas apoya y honra a nuestros increíbles QSLA #heroesdecuidadodeniños por medio de consejos e ideas para mostrar el trabajo increíble que ellos hacen para apoyar a niños y familias en fotos, boletines, redes sociales, y más!”

NEW: Social Media Guide: Tips and ideas for using social media to showcase your participation in QSLA or post about QSLA

NUEVO:  Guía de Redes Sociales de QSLA:  Consejos e ideas para como usar las redes sociales para mostrar su participación en QSLA o publicar sobre QSLA