Additional Contributors

Additional Contributors

I am text block. Click edit button to change.

Amanda Lee

Senior project

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Adam Cheise

Head of Platform

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Amanda Lee

Senior project

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Adam Cheise

Head of Platform

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Contributors

DESIGN

Amanda Lee

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. 

social

Adam Cheise

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. 

Present

Mike Stuart

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. 

engineer

Floyd Staller

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. 

Co-founder & ceo

Donald Milson

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. 

content manager

Mishel Fox

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. 

Contact Us

Phone: + 1 800 755 60 20
Email: contacts@company.com
Fax: fax@company.com
254 Walt Whitman Road Brooklyn
MON-FRI 09:00 - 19:00, SAT-SUN 10:00 - 14:00
Posted on

Brady Rymer Presents: “Drop in the Bucket”

Brady Rymer Presents:
“Drop in the Bucket”

The song, off of Brady’s Parents’ Choice Award-winning album “Under the Big Umbrella” offers an important message about how easy it is to be kind, and how even a small gesture can mean a lot.

By Parents' Choice

 

Conceived and filmed by young students, the video offers a genuine look inside the school community and the challenges and effort it takes to be a kind and conscientious individual.

“A few of the songs on our latest album, Under the Big Umbrella were inspired by the collaborative work that I had done with HC Johnson Elementary School’s music teacher, Missy O’Keeffe and her students. The students contributed lyrical ideas, song titles and even sang on a few tracks. While working with Missy on the recording, I was introduced to the High School award winning film department and the instructor, Ethan Noble. I asked if his high school kids would like to get involved and produce a music video for one of the songs on the album. We all agreed on “Drop in the Bucket” as a good choice because of the universal message of showing kindness in the schools. The kids took the idea and ran with it – creating different scenarios that explored kindness in the schools and community. The video was shot in two days with 300 elementary school extras and thousands of kindness balls.” – Brady Rymer

Produced and Directed by Jackson Liberty High School (NJ) Seniors: Rebecca Chiafullo and Lianne Richards.

Based on Bucket Fillers, the national elementary school initiative designed to promote kindness and compassionate behavior in the schools.

Produced and directed by two award winning Jackson High School seniors, Rebecca Chiafullo and Lianne Richards, the music video includes over 300 kids from the HC Johnson Elementary School as actors and extras. The video explores various scenarios on how to be kind and inclusive in the school environment.

 

Previous Blog Posts

Parents’ Choice Foundation

Read More. Play More. Learn More.

Parents' Choice Foundation

Established in 1978 as a 501c3, Parents’ Choice Foundation® is the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys. Best known for the Parents’ Choice Awards® program, the Parents’ Choice Award® Seals are the Foundation’s internationally recognized and respected icons of quality. 

Blue circle

We Believe...

that children are born scientists, musicians, creatives, linguists, and artists.

We Believe...

that children’s toys and media help children build and hone skills through play.

We Believe...

that children should practice kindness, generosity and empathy.

Green Circle

We Believe...

that learning is fun, and we want kids to know that, too.

We Believe...

that STEAM learning begins with a box of Cheerios.

We Believe...

in teaching children how to learn, not just what to learn.

Above all, we want to help parents find ways to encourage the probing, questioning and experimenting that children do so naturally – and so well. 

Through reading, play, talking, and building, parents and children can learn together. And there’s not much more fun than that.

See Parents’ Choice Award winners here.

For anything earlier than 2018, visit our archive.  

Privacy Policy

http://www.parents-choice.org/ Privacy Policy
This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) is being used online. PII, as described in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?
When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, phone number or other details to help you with your experience.
When do we collect information?
We collect information from you when you subscribe to a newsletter, respond to a survey, fill out a form or enter information on our site.

Provide us with feedback on our products or services 

How do we use your information?
We may use the information we collect from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:

       To allow us to better service you in responding to your customer service requests.
       To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
       To ask for ratings and reviews of services or products

How do we protect your information?
We do not use vulnerability scanning and/or scanning to PCI standards.
We only provide articles and information. We never ask for credit card numbers.
We use regular Malware Scanning.

We do not use an SSL certificate
       We only provide articles and information. We never ask for personal or private information like names, email addresses, or credit card numbers.

Do we use ‘cookies’?
We do not use cookies for tracking purposes
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.
If you turn cookies off, Some of the features that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly.that make your site experience more efficient and may not function properly.

Third-party disclosure
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information.

Third-party links
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Google
Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en

We have not enabled Google AdSense on our site but we may do so in the future.

California Online Privacy Protection Act
CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. – See more at: http://consumercal.org/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf
According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:
Users can visit our site anonymously.
Once this privacy policy is created, we will add a link to it on our home page or as a minimum, on the first significant page after entering our website.
Our Privacy Policy link includes the word ‘Privacy’ and can easily be found on the page specified above.
You will be notified of any Privacy Policy changes:
       On our Privacy Policy Page
Can change your personal information:
       By logging in to your account
How does our site handle Do Not Track signals?
We honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.
Does our site allow third-party behavioral tracking?
It’s also important to note that we do not allow third-party behavioral tracking

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.

We do not specifically market to children under the age of 13 years old.
Do we let third-parties, including ad networks or plug-ins collect PII from children under 13?

Fair Information Practices
The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.

In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:
We will notify you via email
       Within 7 business days
We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.

CAN SPAM Act
The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.

We collect your email address in order to:
       Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions
       Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.
To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:
       Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
       Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
       Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
       Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
       Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
       Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at
       Follow the instructions at the bottom of each email.

awards@parents-choice.org and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.

Contacting Us

 

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us using the information below.

http://www.parents-choice.org/
Parents’ Choice Foundation Suite 303

Timonium, United States (US) Maryland 21093

United States
awards@parents-choice.org
Last Edited on 2018-02-28
Posted on

Family Adventures in Tennessee

PlayAbility Scale™

Parents' Choice Foundation

playAbility Scale™

Since 1978, Parents’ Choice Foundation (a 501c3) has been reviewing children’s toys and media. That’s 40 years of celebrating toys and games that bridge the playroom to the classroom.

Today’s parents are looking for a deep dive. Not only do they want to know which toys and games help children learn, they want to know how. That’s why we’ve developed the PlayAbility Scale – a rating tool that’s rooted in science and grounded in play.

Read below for what’s coming in 2021.

Toys and Games Help Children Build Skills

But one toy or game can’t be all things to all children. Which toy builds which skills? And to what degree does it build them?

The PlayAbility Scale is a scientifically sound assessment tool that measures the skill-building properties of toys and games.

Toy and Game Packages Need Uniform Developmental Labeling

Toy and game packages display words, symbols of body parts, smiley faces, and check marks. But industry wide, package labels are neither consistent, uniform, nor easily understood.

Covering six domains: cognitive, academic, creative, communication, motor and social skills, the PlayAbility Scale uniformly measures the degree to which a specific toy or game builds one or more of those skill sets.

The PlayAbility Scale:
"Nutrition Labels" for Toys and Games

Our recent survey shows that 71% of parents would embrace an independent third-party labeling system that displays the learning value of toys and games. And that two-thirds of those parents would like to see the labels directly on packaging.

Like the nutrition label, a PlayAbility Scale rating is not about better or best; it’s about more, or less.

Who is it for?

The PlayAbility Scale is for parents who seek independent third-party information about which toys and games help build which skills.

The PlayAbility Scale is for therapists and educators who use toys and games in their work.

The PlayAbility Scale is for manufacturers who want to adopt one standard rating instrument, and one rating label format.

Learning Through Play Is Not Overrated™

No! My First Book of Protest

Parents are sometimes concerned about introducing the word “no!” to their children because it can become a trigger for tantrums, but this book gives the word “no!” a whole new, and important, meaning.

The first double-page spread doesn’t ease into protests or an explanation of the importance of saying no. It starts off with: “Black people were enslaved before the civil War. FREDERICK DOUGLASS ran for freedom, then he spoke out for more! He said No, No! All people must be free! And when he talked his talk, Lincoln had to agree.”

Rosa Parks, Alice Paul, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gloria Steinem, Judith Heumann, Malala, Greta Thunberg are all here. Two back pages give a brief and helpful background description of each protester. The overall message: “Great people made big changes when they said No, No! Someday you can protest too (when you’ve had time to grow.) For now, instead of arguing when you don’t get your way, just eat your peas or take a nap or say Ok, Ok!”

Until reading that line about peas, this book doesn’t seem to make sense because it’s a board book, which means it’s targeted at toddlers, but the content is geared toward older children who will understand its significance. Or is it? As the back cover says: “This is the perfect primer for the youngest citizens of the world.” Maybe we do need to teach children to say no at a much earlier age. “No!” to climate change decisions that hurt the planet. “No!” to human rights

 

Ann Oldenburg ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

Posted on

Tips for Teaching Kids to Enjoy Reading

Tips for Teaching Kids to Enjoy Reading

Look below for 10 timeless tips to help your kids to enjoy reading. 

By Kristi Jemtegaard

  1. The key to reading is words: hearing them, saying them, seeing them, and connecting them to everyday life. Simply talking—in the grocery store, on the way to school, before bed—guarantees a richer vocabulary for your child.
  2. Set aside a special time each day to read together. Find a quiet place where you can focus on the book. Pretty soon, your child will make the connection between the pleasure of undivided attention and the pleasure of reading.
  3. Expect disasters. Sometimes reading just isn’t in the cards. Don’t push it. The last thing you want is to turn it into a battle. But be prepared to grab unexpected opportunities. Always have a book with you—in your bag, in the car, at the pool: waiting is a lot easier on everyone if there’s a story to share.

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” – Kate DiCamillo

  1. Read books you like. Your enjoyment will be infectious. Read books your children pick themselves … and praise their choices.
  2. Stop occasionally to ask your child questions about the pictures or about what they just heard. Try to ask questions that require more than a yes or no answer. “What do you think is going to happen next?” “Who do you like best in this story?”
  3. Connect stories to things that happen in your daily life. If you just read a story about a dog, point out all the dogs you see and talk about them: How big? What color? Who do you think they belong to? Make up a new story together about the dog … then find someone else to tell it to.
  4. Stop occasionally and point out an interesting word with your finger. Say it and have your child repeat it. Pre-readers don’t need to learn it … yet … but this reinforces the idea that those funny black lines on the page actually contain the magic of meaning.

“One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children.” – Carl Sagan

  1. Capitalize on your child’s interests. If he or she likes bugs, find all the bug books you can. Read fiction and fact books. If they ask you a question, go together to a book to look for the answer—even if you know the answer already.
  2. Watch television together and talk about it. Compare what you see on the tube to real life and to real books. Ask questions. Make connections. Find books about things you’ve seen and read them as a follow-up.
  3. Visit the library. You don’t have to be rich to have a house full of books. Attend storytimes. Ask the librarian for books suggestions. And check out a book for yourself. You’re the best advertisement for reading there is!

Previous Blog Posts

– Resources and Style Guide –

Logo font:

  • PAS – Europa Bold on top and Europa Light on bottom.
  • PCF and PCA – Europa Regular on top and Europa Light on bottom.

Colors: HEX and Pantone

  • Gold – Pantone 871C
  • Silver – Pantone 8420C
  • Bronze – Pantone 875C

From inner ring (grey) to outer ring (dark blue):

  • Grey – 8A8A8A   (Cognitive)
  • Teal – 208695    (Creativity)
  • Green – 90c33a  (Motor)
  • Yellow – f8aa3b  (Communication)
  • Red – ac1025  (Academic)
  • Dark Blue – 1c3a5e   (Social Emotional)

Code for custom padding of breadcrumb

.page-template-template-homepage .site-main {
padding-top: 0em !important;
}

Do You Like Broccoli Ice Cream?

Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

Spanish Songs for Children Learning Spanish

Lahri Bond ©2019 Parents’ Choice

Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

Baby Shark & More Kids Songs

Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

The Bath Song & More Kids Songs

Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

Posted on

Family Adventures in Virginia