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Becky Erickson, Head of Early Childhood Education, Amazon Business Over the last ten years, federal funding for early childhood programs saw a 62% increase; however, the reality is that the nation’s...

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Gross Motor Activities for the Winter Months

Gross Motor Activities for the Winter Months

Now that winter has finally arrived, don’t take a vacation from activities designed to promote the development of gross motor skills. Gross motor skills are the abilities needed to control the large muscles of the body.

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Noise Pollution | Eco Healthy Child Care®

Noise Pollution | Eco Healthy Child Care®

There are many facets to a healthy environment. When thinking about protecting children from environmental health hazards, perhaps the chemicals in cleaners and bug sprays may be the first things that come to mind for you; or perhaps air pollution or Lead.

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Beginning 6/1/2020, the National Accreditation Commission will resume conducting validation visits. The Accreditation Office will work with individual programs to determine the impact of local restrictions on a potential visit. The safety of program families and staff and National Accreditation Commission validators is of the utmost importance and at the heart of all decisions made during the ongoing public health crisis. Please direct any questions and concerns to Erin Schmidt, Director of Accreditation, at [email protected]. Please monitor this website for further developments and updates. From the Accreditation Team to your team, stay safe and be well.


The AELL Board of Directors met and made a unanimous decision to transition our 2020 conference to a virtual event for the safety and well-being of our participants, our staff, and our volunteers. This was not an easy decision, and tears were shed. This event has become a “reunion” each year as old friends and new come together to connect in meaningful and powerful ways.  Please know that our hearts hurt with yours that we won’t be together in-person this year.  We are saving hugs, high-fives, and fist bumps for Orlando 2021!

For details and additional information about the 36th Annual National Conference, please visit our Conference page.


For access to our free COVID-19 related webinars and downloadable resources, please visit our Upcoming Webinars page.