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From Our Staff

Lead teacher/owner Nicole Fravel provides expert advice for parents in local publications, like NW Kids magazine, and the online resource, Decoded Parenting. Browse Ms. Fravel’s articles for the latest research in early childhood education and development or post your own question in the “Ask the Expert” section.


The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s website for families has helpful education news and resources.

The National Gardening Association’s website for gardening with children describes activities and ideas for parents and teachers to make the most out of the little “moments” that pop up when they are outside with children.

Alliance for Childhood is a research and advocacy organization that promotes practices for healthy child development and education.


Beyond the Rainbow Bridge, by Barbara J. Patterson

A Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play, by Vivian Paley

An Encounter with Reggio Emilia, by Linda Kinney and Pat Wharton

Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv

Playful Parenting, by Lawrence J. Cohen

Touchpoints Three to Six: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development, by T. Berry Brazelton

Why Our Schools Need the Arts, by Jessica Hoffmann Davis


Report from the American Academy of Pediatrics on “The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds”

A joint position statement from the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the International Reading Association “Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children”

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