Magda Gerber’s RIE Philosophy

“Lucky is the child who grows up with parents who basically accept and love themselves, and therefore can accept and love their child, who reminds them so often of their own selves.” — Magda Gerber Originally from Hungary, Magda Gerber was an early childhood educator who was passionate about the care of infants. She was

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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

All young children, from infants to kindergarten, exhibit a variety of behaviors throughout each day.  Some days your child may be smiling and full of energy one minute and the next minute nothing seems to satisfy him. This is normal behavior and is a way children express themselves at an early age.  Some children, however,

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Healthy Children Begin with Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is about more than just consuming food that is good for you. Healthy eating is about sharing meals with others, building social skills and relationships, and laying a foundation for a healthy body and mind.  Nutritious food is crucial for children’s development and it is important they eat well at home, school, and

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Infant Communication

No one can deny the emotions babies cause us to feel. Whether it is passing a baby in a stroller and ensuring you get that one little glimpse, or gazing into your own baby’s eyes as you feed him, change him, and simply watch him in wonder. Despite these astonishing emotions that are inherently inside

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Why Are Routines Important For Infants?

Creating Social and Emotional Development Children of any age can thrive in a structured, predictable environment because consistent routines encourage development and learning. Of course, predictability and stability not only help children develop trust for others and their environment, but they help to foster a sense of security. Although children typically gain these sentiments naturally

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Infant Care: RIE/Pikler Methodology

Infant Development Many parents find themselves going back to work only a few short weeks or months after the birth of their child. Naturally, finding the right type of infant care can be an emotional and overwhelming challenge. Babies depend on adults for nurturing and support, and this time is critical to developing trust and

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Resources for Infant Educators Conference

Erica Farney and Kathy McQuillen (Executive Directors of The Compass Schools in Naperville, IL) attended the 26th Annual RIE (Resources For Infant Educarers) Conference at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on April 25, 2015. They are pictured here with Polly Elam, President of the RIE Board of Directors. The work of Magda Gerber,

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Compass “Alumnus” Appears on Letterman!

Kate Burritt, who attended The Compass School of Naperville (North) from infancy through 2nd grade, recently appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. Kate is currently a middle school student at Kennedy Junior High School. She appeared on the show to demonstrate a gun powder science experiment, along with a few other students from

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