Early Years Guides

Our library of longer-form books and guides free to download.

Simplified: Texas’s water activity regulations for licensed childcare centers

Simplified: Texas’s water activity regulations for licensed childcare centers

We've simplified Texas' water activity regulations and requirements for you to help you stay compliant - of course while having fun this summer!

Top 10 Texas childcare regulation violations in 2023

Top 10 Texas childcare regulation violations in 2023

An overview HHS's top 10 violations recorded among childcare centers in Texas to help you improve your quality of care, even for centers outside Texas

Free template: Performance Evaluation Form for ECE Staff

Free template: Performance Evaluation Form for ECE Staff

Support your staff in being the best caregivers and early childhood educators they can be with this free performance evaluation form.

Free templates: Early Childhood Progress Reports for infants and toddlers

Free templates: Early Childhood Progress Reports for infants and toddlers

7 free progress report templates for ages 0-3 years old to help support the development of each child in all areas.

Free templates: Parent-teacher Conference Forms

Free templates: Parent-teacher Conference Forms

Two (2) free forms for parents and staff to fill out before the parent-teacher conference, and one (1) form to fill out together during the meeting.

Free template: Montessori Progress Report

Free template: Montessori Progress Report

A free template for all Montessori preschools and childcare centers to track the progress of each child in all areas of their development.

Free template: Childcare Budget Template

Free template: Childcare Budget Template

Need a template to help plan your center’s annual budget? Use this template to calculate your expenses and profit so you can boost your revenue.

Free templates: Childcare Newsletter and Marketing Checklist

Free templates: Childcare Newsletter and Marketing Checklist

A free template so you can send out those monthly newsletters to your families. Plus, the ultimate marketing checklist for your childcare center.

Free template: Parent Handbook for your childcare center

Free template: Parent Handbook for your childcare center

A free template so you save hours and can be sure you cover all the essential information when creating your childcare center’s parent handbook.

How to create a family feedback survey for your childcare center

How to create a family feedback survey for your childcare center

Need inspo for creating a family feedback survey for your childcare center? This guide has all the practical info you need, plus 75 sample questions!

What you should know about Texas Rising Star

What you should know about Texas Rising Star

Are you confused about all the specifications of Texas Rising Star? This guide will help clarify it all.

8 ways to help children through staff turnover and staff shortages

8 ways to help children through staff turnover and staff shortages

Are you unsure how to support the littles ones when they are stressed or overwhelmed during times of transitions and change? This guide will help you.

TX3C & KinderConnect: Is your center following the new requirements?

TX3C & KinderConnect: Is your center following the new requirements?

Are you aware of the new TX3C and KinderConnect requirements? Is your center meeting the new requirements? This guide has all you need to know.

Playground maintenance checklist

Playground maintenance checklist

Need an easy check list to ensure your play equipment is in good condition? Then this guide is just what you are looking for.

3 keys to avoiding ‘bad debt’ in ECE

3 keys to avoiding ‘bad debt’ in ECE

Stressed about ‘bad debt’ and not meeting your projected revenue? We’ve spoken to an expert about what you can do to minimize and avoid it.

Top 10 childcare regulation violations in Texas in 2022

Top 10 childcare regulation violations in Texas in 2022

Texas Health and Human Services' top 10 violations recorded among childcare providers - still worth a read if you are not based in Texas!

How to calculate your ECE program’s “cost per child”

How to calculate your ECE program’s “cost per child”

Unsure how to calculate your cost per child, or how to use it to help you make accurate budget plans? This one-page guide has all you need to know.

Accident/Injury Reporting Form

Accident/Injury Reporting Form

We’ve created an accident/incident form to help you with your reporting and compliance requirements.

3 things to do if your ECE enrollment is going down

3 things to do if your ECE enrollment is going down

Feeling overwhelmed and stressed that enrollment is not as high as you expected? Here are 3 things you can do instantly to help.

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide

Child care management software is a big investment. Where to start? This guide walks you through the key questions you need to consider.

Self-Regulation Station: The First Steps

Self-Regulation Station: The First Steps

Unsure of how to start children on their emotional development journey? We’ve got all the tips and tricks you need!

Three Key Ways to Boost Your Revenue in Child Care

Three Key Ways to Boost Your Revenue in Child Care

Want to boost revenue at your child care center? This guide will walk you through the three big keys to staying on top of your child care finances.

COVID-19 and Child Care: Cleaning Checklist

COVID-19 and Child Care: Cleaning Checklist

We all have to be extra vigilant when it comes to keeping clean and safe these days, check out this useful guide for tips.

COVID-19 and Child Care: Safer Ventilation Guide

COVID-19 and Child Care: Safer Ventilation Guide

Having proper airflow is vital to stopping the spread of coronavirus, check out this useful guide for a range of info and tips for your child care.

Promoting Your Child Care Center to Boost Enrollment

Promoting Your Child Care Center to Boost Enrollment

Get expert advice on ways to boost your center's enrollment through effective promotion and marketing in our free, all-in-one guide.

The COVID-19 Toolkit for Child Care Centers

The COVID-19 Toolkit for Child Care Centers

Get expert advice on how you and your child care center can continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic and be ready for a future return.

The Early Childhood Education Expert Guide

The Early Childhood Education Expert Guide

Get advice from 26 experts on everything you need to run a childcare center including improving behavior and strengthening parent partnerships.

Rethinking Child Behavior In The Early Years

Rethinking Child Behavior In The Early Years

How do you deal with behavior in the early years? Experts help us explore self-regulation, extreme behavior, Leuven Scales and more.

Daycare Activities: 71 Childcare Center Trip Ideas

Daycare Activities: 71 Childcare Center Trip Ideas

Planning a day trip with your childcare center? Here are 71 different ideas to get you started, no matter where you are in the US.

Introduction to Early Years Pedagogy

Introduction to Early Years Pedagogy

Pedagogy introductions and in-depth sections on forest school, The Curiosity Approach, and Te Whariki.

Simple Guide To Early Years Nutrition

Simple Guide To Early Years Nutrition

Read expert guidance, recipe tips, and simple early years nutrition advice. Download your copy for free today.

Early Years & The Environment

Early Years & The Environment

Want to your run a sustainable ECE center? Get your free guide, and help protect the world your children are growing into.

The Early Years Activity Library

The Early Years Activity Library

Need some new ECE activities? Get 50 hand-picked ECE activities for all different ages and development ranges.

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