The K-CDC offers a wealth of education for parents in the areas of child development, early childhood education, parenting techniques, health, safety and nutrition.

One of the most important ways this happens is when parents learn in the classroom alongside the children. Interactions with the children expose parents to a wide range of behaviors and learning styles, immerse parents in the educational philosophy of learning through play, and offer many opportunities to observe and learn from our teachers.

In addition, we gather several times a year for parent in-service opportunities. These might include our parent orientation nights, discussion groups of books, articles, or videos, or a focused workshop.

All of these interactions help form a strong support network of families and friends.

For parents

  • Tumbling Over the Edge: A Rant for Children’s Play, by Bev Bos
  • Raising Your Spirited Child, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
  • Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles: Winning for a Lifetime, by Mary Sheedy Kurchinka
  • Playful Parenting, by Lawrence J. Cohen
  • Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline, by Becky Bailey
  • I Love You Rituals, by Becky Bailey
  • Busy But Balanced, by Mimi Doe
  • Kids Are Worth it!: Giving Your Child The Gift of Inner Discipline, by Barbara Coloroso
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

For helping kids work through their feelings and learn social skills

  • The Way I Feel, by Janan Cain
  • When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry, by Molly Bang
  • Hands Are Not For Hitting, by Martine Agassi and Marieka Heinlen
  • Words Are Not For Hurting, by Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen
  • Germs Are Not For Sharing, by Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney
  • Llama Llama Mad at Mama, by Anna Dewdney
  • Llama Llama Misses Mama, by Anna Dewdney

For kids, to inspire imaginative play and a love of reading

  • Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis
  • Christina Katerina & the Box, by Patricia Lee Gauch
  • I Love You, Stinky Face, by Lisa McCourt
  • Move over, Rover! , by Karen Beaumont
  • A Dog Needs A Bone, by Audrey Wood
  • Mr. Pusskins, by Sam Lloyd
  • Hiccupatumus, by Aaron Zenz
  • He Came With the Couch, by David Slonim
  • Never Take a Shark to the Dentist, by Judi Barrett
  • Mary Had a Little Lamp, by Bob Staake
  • Little Hoot, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Little Oink, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Little Pea, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
  • Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems
  • The “David” books, by David Shannon
  • The Day the Babies Crawled Away, by Peggy Rathman

Web Links

The Case for Play: How a handful of researchers are trying to save childhood.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Section for Child Care Regulation

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Bev Bos (early childhood education expert)

Roseville Community Preschool (directed by Bev Bos)

Project Construct