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Yes, it’s Okay to Ask for Help.

Asking for help should always be acceptable. But asking for help in the middle of a pandemic — when so many of us are blend...

Mona McRae

Aug 24, 2020

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A Safe Learning Environment

I was afraid that these new protocols would frighten Nora, but she didn’t miss a beat! She was so excited to return to some...

Beth Linger

Aug 18, 2020

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Back To School With Hatch

In this new distance-learning paradigm, parents need more help than ever to support their young learners. Here at Hatch, we h...

Brian Mills

Aug 11, 2020

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BLOG: Movement is MAGICAL!

Research shows that the brain is more stimulated by movement than by seatwork, which increases fatigue and reduces concentrat...

Jenne Parks

Jul 30, 2020

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Back to School?

As we approach the ‘back-to-school’ season of 2020, it is unclear whether children will experience those traditional ‘b...

Ginny Norton, President

Jul 21, 2020

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Family Engagement in Uncertain Times

Due to remaining uncertainties, my daughter’s school has cautioned us to prepare for both in-classroom and at-home learning...

Jennifer Mosley

Jul 14, 2020

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Putting Steam into Summer

Vince Gowmon said, “Play is the shortest route between children and their creative calling.” Providing play opportunities...

Mona McRae

Jul 7, 2020

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The New Normal

The new normal. How many times has that been said in recent months? COVID-19 has forced all of us to adjust to a different wa...

Jennifer Mosley

Jun 30, 2020

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BLOG: Daily Walks with Your Child

Like many parents, I am concerned about the learning and socializing opportunities that were eliminated when the school year ...

Beth Linger

Jun 22, 2020

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Celebrate African American Culture Book Collection

Hatch has received requests from our social media community for recommended child-friendly resources to help expand cultural ...

Jenne Parks

Jun 19, 2020

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Talking to Children About Race

As I have reflected in past weeks over the racial unrest in America, I am reminded of a quote by Fredrick Douglas: "It is eas...

Mona McRae

Jun 16, 2020

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BLOG: Full STEM Ahead! (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

What is a cloud? Why do boats float? How does a car work? Young children have an innate ability to ask questions like this ev...

Jenne Parks

Jun 9, 2020

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BLOG: Musical Moments

Music enriches every part of our lives, and now, more than ever, I find myself turning to music for a burst of joy, energy, a...

Ashley Zibit

Jun 2, 2020

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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

These changes in our daily lives due to COVID-19 are causing anxiety and depression for children and adults.

Miriam Genise Miller

May 28, 2020

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Active Play: An Essential Element

Active play allows children to use what are known as gross motor and gross motor manipulative skills. Gross motor skills are ...

Jenne Parks and Cody Summerville

May 25, 2020

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Blog: Tell Me a Story

Do you remember asking your parents or other family members to tell you a story when you were younger? I sure do! ! I know my...

Jenne Parks

May 19, 2020

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Math: It is more than counting!

Number concepts consume much of early math experiences, but math is more than counting! It includes geometry, classification,...

Cody Summerville

May 11, 2020

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

Picture for a moment all that a child learns from teachers, from the first preschool classroom until graduation and beyond.

Ginny Norton

May 1, 2020

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BLOG: Repeated Read-Alouds & Making the Most of Your Home Library

The combination of closed libraries and my son’s constant request for the same stories to be read aloud prompted me to rese...

Jenne Parks

Apr 27, 2020

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A Balancing Act: A Fulltime Working Mom + Homeschool Teacher

In between work phone calls, emails, video meetings and market research, I’m also trying to keep some semblance of normalcy...

Leah Stern

Apr 21, 2020

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Working from Home as a Mom and now a Teacher!

Working from Home as a Mom and now a Teacher!

Courtney Ples

Apr 13, 2020

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What are we going to do today?

How am I going to get everything done AND make sure my child is engaged all day?

Cody Summerville

Apr 2, 2020

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Recommended Practices for Distance Learning with Preschoolers

It is important that we all implement health and safety precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Cody Summerville

Mar 24, 2020

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The Transformation of Hatch Early Learning…and Why it Matters to You

Hatch continues to innovate in the ECE space.

Ginny Norton

Mar 9, 2020

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Practice Makes Permanent: How can technology create a closer connection between classroom and home?

How can technology create a closer connection between classroom and home?

Brian Mills

Feb 11, 2020

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How to build a technology plan that supports early learners.

Follow these seven steps to build your technology plan.

Hatch Experts

Dec 17, 2019

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How you can promote equity in your early learning classrooms

Every single child deserves an equitable chance at an education.

Hatch Experts

Nov 14, 2019

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Does Ed Tech belong in a Pre-K classroom? The answer may surprise you.

Is technology in early education a positive or negative influence? We investigate further in this blog.

Hatch Experts

Oct 10, 2019

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Four Reasons States Struggle with School Readiness (and What You Can Do to Help)

Children are arriving at school with enormous differences in the levels of the skills they need to learn, grow and achieve. W...

Hatch Experts

Sep 20, 2019

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Why Early Learning Needs Differentiation and How Technology can Help

Differentiated learning is deeply rooted in assessment and can help all children experience learning success at an early age.

Hatch Experts

Sep 10, 2019

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Tips and Tech to Help you Connect with Early Learners

Use these tips to create meaningful connections in your classroom, without having to worry about a lack of time.

Hatch Experts

Sep 5, 2019

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What can we do to close the achievement gap?

The journey to increasing school readiness rates is fraught with issues. Children need to know more than numbers and shapes t...

Ginny Norton, President

Aug 20, 2019

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Why Longitudinal Reporting is Critical in Early Education

In the commercial world, data capture, storage and analysis are the backbones of innovation and optimization. Knowing this, w...

Hatch Experts

Apr 12, 2019

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Notes from the Classroom: Coding in Preschool

Xavier is 4-years-old, and he is holding a tiny tile with an arrow on it. We are playing the robot-powered coding game, Matat...

Nancy Kopf

Mar 19, 2019

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The Effect of Teacher Diversity on the Children in their Classrooms

Diversity isn’t taught – it’s experienced. And that experience starts early. Early childhood education teachers are tas...

Hatch Experts

Feb 15, 2019

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4 Ways Teachers Can Help Protect Children’s Data

As one high-profile hacking scandal after another is splattered across headlines, it’s natural to be nervous about a child'...

Hatch Experts

Feb 5, 2019

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Shining a light on every child - classroom software to unlock a child's full potential

Among the most at-risk are those children who struggle quietly: the ones we don’t immediately notice, the ones whose challe...

Hatch Experts

Jan 28, 2019

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From the Experts: Your Autism Questions Answered

Kay Holman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP from Towson University and Erica Solliday, M.S. and Catherine Walton from Baltimore County Public ...

Kay Holman, Ph.D., Erica Solliday, M.S. and Catherine Walton

Oct 26, 2018

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Looking for the achievement gap? It's sitting on the floor during circle time.

There are only 1,825 days between birth and the first day of kindergarten. What should happen in the first 1,824?

Hatch Experts

Sep 25, 2018

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Fred Rogers - An unexpected early pioneer in technology for young children

Children consistently benefit from digital educational tools - we've learned a lot from Mr. Rogers over the years!

Hatch Experts

Sep 12, 2018

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