Parent Resources

CEC Childhood Research

We are pleased to announce the publication of our research paper with Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. The research was conducted during the 2009-2010 program year and focused on preschool children and their skill development in the natural outdoor classroom. The CEC was one of three programs (the other two were in Minnesota and Nebraska) selected by Dimensions to conduct research on children and the outdoors. The paper identifies the skills children develop as well as other factors that influenced their development.

Parent Handbooks


Thanks and Giving: Resources to develop empathy and gratitude in children

"The Changing Nature of Play," from ExchangeEveryDay.


The following books or periodicals reflect the philosophy of our program and may be useful to you as a parent. You will notice that some books were published years ago and others are more recent publications. Irrespective of the original publishing date, we consider this list to be relevant.

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
William Sears and Martha Sears, Harper Thorsons, 2005

Becoming the Parent You Want to Be,
Laura Davis and Janis Keyser, Broadway, 1997

Before the Basics, Creating Conversations With Children
Bev Box, Turn the Page Press, 1983

Between Parent and Child,
Haim G. Ginott, Three Rivers Press, 2003

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, Revised Edition: Birth to Age 5
American Academy of Pediatrics, 2004

Children, the Challenge
Rudolph Dreikurs, Plume, 1991

Discipline: The Brazelton Way
T. Berry Brazelton, Perseus Books, 2003

Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know about Sex (But Were Afraid They'd Ask): The Secrets to Surviving Your Child's Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens
Justin Richardson and Mark Schuster, Three Rivers Press, 2004

The Gesell Institute of Human Development’s Series: Your One Year Old to Your Ten to Fourteen Year Old,
Louis Bates Ames, Dell, 1980 - 1987

A Good Enough Parent: A Book on Childrearing,
Bruno Bettelheim, Vintage, 1988

How to Parent,
Fitshugh Dodson, A Signet Book, 1970

The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon,
David Elkind, Perseus, 2001

Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers,
J. Gonzalez-Mena, Mayfield Publishing, 1989

Kids Can Cooperate,
Elizabeth Crary, Parenting Press, 1984

Last Child In the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder
Richard Louv, Algonquin, 2006

The Magic Years,
Selma Fraiberg, Scribner, 1996

Miseducation: Preschoolers At Risk,
David Elkind, Knopf, 1987

Parent Effectiveness Training,
Thomas Gordon, Three Rivers Press, 2001

Parenting From the Inside Out,
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Mary Hartzell, Tarcher, 2004

Pick Up Your Socks...and Other Skills Growing Children Need!
Elizabeth Crary, Parenting Press, 1990

Playground Politics,
Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., Perseus Books, 1993

Playing to Get Smart,
Betty Jones and Renatta Cooper, Teacher College Press, 2005

The Power of Play,
David Elkind, Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2006

The Preschool Years: Family Strategies That Work - From Experts and Parents,
E. Gallinsky, Times Books, 1988

Radical Reflections: Passionate Opinions on Teaching, Learning, and Living
Mem Fox, Harvest Books, 1993

Raising Self-Reliant Children In A Self-Indulgent World,
H. Stephen Glenn and Jane Nelson, Three Rivers Press, 2000

Responsible Parenthood, The Child’s Psyche Through the Six-Year Pregnancy,
Gilbert W. Kliman, M.D. and Albert Rosenfeld, Smithmark Pub, 1980

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
Mary Pipher and Ruth Ross, Riverhead Trade, 2005

Siblings Without Rivalry: How To Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too,
Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, Collins, 2004

The Six Stages of Parenthood,
Ellen Gallinsky, Perseus Books, 1987

Sleep: The Brazelton Way
T. Berry Brazelton, Perseus Books, 2003

Toilet Training: The Brazelton Way
T. Berry Brazelton, Perseus Books, 2003

Touchpoints Birth to 3: Your Child's Emotional and Behavioral Development
T. Berry Brazelton, Perseus Books, 2006

Touchpoints 3 to 6
T. Berry Brazelton, Perseus, 2002

Trees Make the Best Mobiles: Simple Ways to Raise Your Child in a Complex World,
Jessica Teich and Brandel France de Bravo, St. Martins Griffin, 2001

Tumbling Over the Edge - A Rant for Children’s Play
Bev Bos and Jenny Chapman, Turn the Page Press, 2005

Without Spanking or Spoiling: A Practical Approach to Toddler and Preschool Guidance
Elizabeth Crary, Parenting Press, 1993

Who's Calling the Shots?
Nancy Carlson-Paige and Diane E. Levin, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1990

The Wonder of Boys
Michael Gurian, Tarcher, 2006

Your Child's Self Esteem,
Dorothy Corkville Briggs, Mainstreet Books, 1988

Your Child’s Growing Mind
Jane Healey, Broadway, 2004

Your Self-Confident Baby,
Magda Gerber and Allison Johnson, Wiley, 1997

"Young Children",
National Association for the Education of Young Children. 1834 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009. Available through NAEYC membership, and by subscription. A bi-monthly journal, it features articles on theory, practice, and research.