Nap time story

What do you do when a child is brand new to your childcare and cries for mommy at naptime?  Ms. Devore, a seasoned provider of a small home—based childcare, makes creative use of whatever she had on hand to help a little girl feel safe and connected—and yes, eventually to fall asleep.


junk mail lullaby

Sometimes, our spur-of-the-moment decision and action are born out of years of experience caring for children.  In this extended version, we have the opportunity to hear from Ms. Devore the provider as well as the young mother of the child.  Interestingly, the mother herself was a child under Ms. Devore’s care many years ago!


Jump to Bed

Few children willingly and swiftly go down to nap. This experienced staff took her time to allow each child make a game out of going down to nap. No drama. No conflict. But a lot of friendly banter, patience, and humor!


Car Dealership

Playing together often creates teachable moments for sharing. By joining the children in play, Ms. Thomas gently defused a potential conflict and guided the children to play and share with one another.


I Did it Myself

Tending to the different skill levels of each child while organizing a whole group in the same activity take a lot of attentiveness of the educator. In this craft activity, the staff carefully scaffolds and encourages a young child to attempt something difficult—and the child knows that she accomplished something worthwhile!



This video is contributed by a provider. This is an example of what you can film yourself to capture the good in your practice. The video captured fun interactions while teacher and children play together.


Up from Nap

This video is contributed by Cherie. Sometimes, the most important indicator of quality care can be about the most routine activities. Giving each child space, time, and his or her own way to get up from nap time helps to smooth the transition into what is coming up next.


Mooo Bahhh Reading Time

This video is contributed by Ms. Devore. Simple reading time with an enthused teacher is a time to learn and a time to be part of the group. Attitudes are caught, not taught. Love of reading is certainly contagious here!


Shopping List

This video is contributed by a provider. A video clip does not have to be professional and polished. Even simple video captured on a grainy cell phone camera can tell us a lot about how we are helping children learn and grow. From making a list and going shopping, a lot is happening in these brief clips.