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The Preschool Podcast

The Preschool Podcast, by HiMama, is a platform for early childhood educators to share their experiences with their community. Each week, CEO of HiMama, Ron Spreeuwenberg, sits down with someone making a difference to improve learning outcomes for children in child care centers, preschools, daycares and anywhere else children ages 0 to 5 are learning their foundational skills that will last a lifetime.
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The Preschool Podcast, brought to you by HiMama, is a platform for learning from leading professionals in early childhood education. If you work in a daycare, childcare or preschool setting, The Preschool Podcast will provide you with both practical advice for managing your organization, center or classroom, as well as thought provoking content and insights about the field of early childhood education.

 

Each week, we chat with leaders in early childhood education, from teachers and educators in the classroom with innovative curriculum approaches, to directors who are excelling at empowering their team, and leaders outside of the child care environment that are passionate about making a positive impact on outcomes for young children.

 

Our goal with The Preschool Podcast is to provide knowledge and inspiration to the future leaders of early childhood education by speaking with experienced and insightful leaders in the world of preschool and early learning today. At HiMama, it is our belief that leadership within early childhood education is crucial to the future of the child care sector and, of course, the future of our most important asset in this world, our youngest children.

Dec 7, 2021

In this episode of The Preschool Podcast we chat with Aja McNair, Education Consultant and Founder of Everything Aja. Aja provides our listeners how they can master teaching strategies without feeling overwhelmed. 

Nov 30, 2021

In this episode of the Preschool Podcast, we connect with Adva Hanan, an early childhood educator, and podcaster. Adva discusses how early childhood educators in the classroom can strive to be seen as a leader and the qualities that classroom leaders possess.

Nov 23, 2021

Occupational Therapist; National Workshop Presenter, and Content Specialist at Learning Without Tears. Valerie discusses how using multiple senses to teach children letters presents more opportunities for children to truly grasp writing and literacy. Valerie provides concrete evidence of how children can learn the letters of the alphabet and the importance of teaching letters in an alternative order than alphabetically.

Nov 16, 2021

In this episode of The Preschool Podcast we connected with Deedee Cummings, author, CEO, attorney and therapist. Deedee dives into the premise of her newest book, what inspired her to write it and the importance of representation of diversity in media and children’s books.

Nov 9, 2021

On this special episode of The Preschool Podcast, we’re revisiting one of our favourite episodes over the years. In episode 188, we connected with Constant Hine from Horizons in Learning. Constant is a nationally recognized dynamic, motivational and inspirational education speaker, coach, trainer, consultant and author.

Nov 2, 2021

In this episode of The preschool Podcast, we’re joined by Jaizel Delos Santos, a Registered Early Childhood Educator, former Program Advisor with the Ministry of Education in Ontario, and current HiMama Sales Development Representative. Jaizel shares her knowledge about what licensing reps are looking for when entering a child care facility for their inspection. Jaizel elaborates on not only the importance of these unannounced inspections but how educators, directors and owners can set themselves up for success for their annual inspection visit. 

Oct 26, 2021

In this episode of The Preschool Podcast, we welcome Terry Nealon, the CEO of Learning Without Tears, a leading early learning company based in metro Washington, DC. In this episode, we discuss how Learning Without Tears contributes to a positive early learning experience and the role technology plays in children’s learning. 

Oct 19, 2021

In this episode of The Preschool Podcast, we welcome back Anthony (Tony) D’Agostino, CEO of Inspire Care 360 to discuss the epidemic of hiring and retaining quality staff at child care centers and how owners and directors can invest in their people to keep their staff happy and attract quality educators.

Oct 12, 2021

In this episode of The Preschool Podcast we discuss the benefits of language immersion in early childhood education with Natalie Standridge, founder and CEO of Casa de Corazón, an intercultural Spanish immersion early childhood development program that serves children ages birth to pre-k in the Minnesota and Wisconsin area, and is expanding nationally through franchising.

Oct 6, 2021

On this week’s episode of the Preschool Podcast, we chat with Tania Ferrandino, Occupational Therapist and Senior Professional Learning Producer at Learning Without Tears. Tania dives into the importance of play in early childhood education rather than focusing on the end goal of having a child write their name. Parents and educators can learn valuable tips in this episode on how to help children build foundational fine motor skills while having fun.

 Learning Without Tears wants to give our Preschool Podcast listeners 10% off workshops and products by using promo code HIMAMA at checkout, until Dec 31, 2021. Visit their website here!

Sep 28, 2021

In this episode of The Preschool Podcast we connect with Michelle Faber, CEO of Little Yogis. Little Yogis partners with child care centers and schools to bring in the practice of yoga and mindfulness into early learning settings. Michelle dives into the 3 benefits of a regular yoga practice for young kids as well as how educators can implement this practice into their classroom even if they have no experience with yoga itself.

Sep 21, 2021

In this episode of The Preschool Podcast, we connect with “The Systems Queen” Andrea Dickerson on child care systems and how directors and owners can use an organized approach that results in consistency every time. Andrea explains how her systems can benefit anyone in the child care space regardless of their experience while delivering consistent results every time.

Sep 14, 2021

In this episode of The Preschool Podcast, we connect with one of HiMama’s Early Childhood Educators, Maddie Hutchison to discuss this topic, what it means to provide a safe and rights-focused classroom, how and why educators should discuss this often sensitive subject, and how educators can respect and honor children’s decisions….even if the decision the child makes is less than ideal.

Sep 7, 2021

In this episode of The Preschool Podcast, we reconnect with Prerna Richards, Coach, Consultant, and Founder of Together We Grow. Prerna discusses how early childhood education plays a critical role in developing children’s sense of acceptance, compassion and, inclusivity for others.

Aug 31, 2021

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What if we could improve our children's brain and development by simply reading to them every day? In this episode of The Preschool Podcast, we connect with Drew Vernon, Marketing Director at Tonies US. Tonies has made reading easy with their Tonies Box, an imagination-building, screen-free digital listening experience that plays stories, songs, and more.

Aug 24, 2021

In this episode, we connect with Meghan Fitzgerald, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Tinkergarten. Meghan discusses the impact of nature play on early development and the role that parents can play in support of their child's playful learning. 

Aug 17, 2021

In this episode of The Preschool Podcast, we connect with Dr. Shimi Kang, award-winning, Harvard-trained doctor, researcher, media expert, writer, and keynote speaker who specializes in how the mind works. Dr.Kang discusses the POD-based method of play and how educators and parents can incorporate POD-based methodologies into their teaching and parenting practices with young children.

Aug 10, 2021

In this episode of The Preschool Podcast, we chat with Chelsea Robberson, Early Childhood Educator and Founder of Lealyn Growth about creating a psychologically safe environment at your center for children. As well, Chelsea dives into how to create a mission statement for your center that best suits your community and its needs.

Aug 3, 2021

In this episode of the Preschool Podcast, we chat with Renee Pena Lopez, Early Childhood Intervention Specialist and owner of The Magic of Littles. Renee shares with us how educators can create a supportive and inclusive classroom and shares with us the importance of modelling as an educator or parent.

Jul 27, 2021

In this episode of The Preschool Podcast, we welcome back Rae Pica, Award-winning early childhood education author, speaker, and online educator. Rae is on a mission to ensure child development guides all of our practices with children! She dives into the myth-busting common misconceptions about young children and parents in this episode.

Jul 20, 2021

In this episode of The Preschool Podcast, we interview Nancy Garrity, Senior Director of Early Childhood at Scholastic. Nancy dives into the topic of social-emotional skills in young children and how educators can support the foundational building blocks of these skills in an early childhood setting.

Jul 13, 2021

On this episode of The Preschool Podcast, we have Bernadette Testani, Owner & Head of School at Atelier Kids. Bernadette discusses how her child care center uses the Reggio Philosophy to educate and provide the best learning experiences for children.

Jul 8, 2021

In this special episode of The Preschool Podcast, we interviewed The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development for Canada to discuss how the newly announced Canada-wide Childcare Plan, with the promise of $30 Billion over 5 years to provide affordable childcare for families.

Jun 29, 2021

In this episode of The Preschool Podcast, we host Scott Moore, CEO of Kidango, an early learning non-profit organization that is committed to setting every child on a path to thrive in Kindergarten and in life. Scott discusses the impact on children's development and learning from COVID-19 and groundbreaking findings from their research study.

Jun 22, 2021

In this episode of The Preschool Podcast, we connect with Rose Griffin, Speech-Language Pathologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and Founder of ABA Speech. Rose provides our listeners with tactile strategies to use in the classroom or at home with children who have autism or who have a language delay.

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