Entries by Dr. Rebecca Isbell

Bringing Joy Back Into Our Lives

After two challenging years, it is time for each of us to move to a more encouraging view of the world and the people within our universe. The following suggestions can help us uncover the moments and people who have shown us the way. Identify the people who have mentored you as you developed into […]

Starting Slow and Building Strength

In this continuous year of uncertainty and mammoth changes we need to think about, how do we make the best beginning of this new year for both young children and their teachers? What are some of the ways we can help make the transition from isolation to group continuity? How can you build a caring, […]

Life Outcomes, Not Test Scores

I just read an article that has identified new ways to describe the power of early childhood to others, Life Outcomes, Not Test Scores. These positive benefits that last a lifetime are so much more important than test scores for determining the benefits of programs for young children. We have known for years that test […]

The Tipping Point

During these dark times, there is a light shining on early childhood education. The country, media, and economists are recognizing that Early Childhood Education is essential for the United States and the families of young children. We have seen women, mothers, and families being devastated economically because of the lack of sufficient child care and […]

Free “Home Space” booklets are now available!

I wanted to let you to know the exciting news: all Four (4) “Home Spaces” have just been released. These are unique booklets that include all the information needed for setting up inviting spaces in your home. These spaces will actively engage young children in meaningful learning. They are specifically designed for families who have […]

A Personal Holiday Story to Tell

For years, I have wanted to learn how to play the Native American Flute. I thought about it, checked on places to purchase, but never had time to follow through. A couple of weeks ago, our local paper ran a story about an individual named James. He lives in my community, about 5 miles from […]

Holiday Gift for Families with Young Children

For the past few months, I have had a growing concern for families with young children in their home for long periods of time. I have watched as parents and caregivers have been spending more and more time sitting in front of screens and directing their child’s actions. Having been a working mother of two […]

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Thankful for So Much

Looking for the Home Spaces for Young Children Introduction? Download it here.   It is time for us to throw away the darkness around us and think about all the wonderful things we can be thankful for: Our family who provides the foundation on which we build our lives. Our friends who comfort and celebrate […]