Why is Exposure to Nature Important in Early Childhood?

Early childhood is a crucial period for the physical and cognitive development of children. Most people who care for young children realize that children benefit from playing outside, but caretakers might not have ready access to the literature that supports their observations. This 4-page fact sheet written by Kristen Poppell and Martha C. Monroe and published by the School of Forest Resources and Conservation reviews some of the literature that shows that young children need to go outside and be around nature regularly. It describes some of the benefits children (and adults!) gain from learning and playing outdoors and includes suggestions for several resources for parents, teachers, and caretakers who hope to increase these opportunities for their youngsters.

ADHD in Early Childhood: Part 2 – Information for Preschool Teachers (FCS2317/FY1330)

Figure 1. Preschool teachers should be aware of ADHD symptoms and should talk with a child’s parents if they believe a child should be tested for ADHD.Instructing children with ADHD can be a difficult task for many teachers, especially for those in the child care or preschool setting. Children with ADHD are often identified because they show problem behaviors in preschool. Early childhood educators should be aware of ADHD symptoms so that they can spot the signs of the disorder. This 3-page fact sheet was written by Heidi Liss Radunovich and Allie Munch, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, July 2012.

FCS2006/HE860 Talking With Your Child

Revised! FCS2006, a 3-page illustrated fact sheet by Kate Fogarty, Evelyn Rooks-Weir, and Millie Ferrer-Chancy, gives parents suggestions of ways to help their children’s language skills to develop. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, November 2009.

FCS2294/FY1078 Making Good Decisions: Media and the Physical Health of Young Children, A Parent’s Tip Sheet

FCS-2294, a 3-page tip sheet by Stephanie C. Toelle and David C. Diehl, is part of the Making Good Decisions: Media in the Lives of Young Children series. It lists key findings, things parents can do to help maintain healthy weight in young children, and several Internet resources. Published by the Uf Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, January 2009.

FCS-2287/FY1056 Creating a Successful Early Learning Environment for Children Who Have Autistic Spectrum Disorders

FCS-2287, a 7-page fact sheet by Heidi Liss Radunovich and Jessica L. Kochert, discusses what autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) are, issues and symptoms, and factors to be considered for a classroom setting that will meet the needs of children with ASDs. Includes resource list and references. Published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, August 2008.