blue-welcomeI’m so glad you stopped by! It is my hope that the resources located on this site are beneficial for you. Some say that working with young children is a big job. I say that it’s a BIG OPPORTUNITY! We have the opportunity to inspire learning, bravery, risk-taking, empathy, patience, and the notion to try, try again. It is our joyful heart, compassion, and understanding that guides children’s development.

I have dedicated this site to assisting others in enhancing young minds. You’ll find good articles and neat features (see below). I am continually developing new ways to provide engaging information beneficial for educators and parents of young children.

You’ll also find information on this site about the education workshops and trainings that I offer. You’ll find more information on the TRAINING page. Please connect with me if you’d like to learn more.

Featured Programs

Adventures in Eating

This blog feature focuses on interactive ways to get youth and families excited about eating healthy.  Each month Mary Schroeder will share a new topical post, as well as a new recipe. Each recipe will include fun, hands-on ways to include youth in the kitchen. Mary works for the University of Minnesota Extension which helps to connect community needs with University of Minnesota resources.


Rae Pica has been a children’s physical activity specialist since 1980. She is the author of 18 books and has shared her expertise with many groups and advisory boards. As co-creator and host of Body, Mind and Child, an Internet radio program for parents and educators, Rae interviews experts in the fields of education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more.

Beyond The Pages

This is the newest feature on my blog. Beyond the Pages is an innovative online book study. This feature takes you ‘beyond the pages’ and creates group dialogue. Stacie Goffin has charged those in early childhood education to engage in “conversations with intent” and I believe that this is one method to do that. What makes it unique? It’s open to teachers, providers, parents, lawmakers, and anyone whose decisions impact young children. There are also guest content experts who will add their voices and lead each week’s discussion! It is my genuine hope that this book study feature intrigues individuals, serves as inexpensive professional development, provides access to resources otherwise not attainable, and encourages meaningful conversations. Learn. Love. Lead.


I used to do giveaways but haven’t for a while. It is my plan to bring them back…who doesn’t like free?!

Guest Speakers

Guest speakers have been a part of my blogging experience for quite some time, nearly since the beginning. I plan to continue this ‘tradition’ of bringing great resources to your fingertips. Follow this link to access my guest speaker content on my college blog. Future guest speakers will be highlighted on this blog.

Mom Enough

Marti & Erin Erickson invite you to explore with them the many facets of motherhood in today’s world – from confronting the daily joys and struggles of helping kids grow up well, to balancing work and family, to considering the big questions of how society views and values mothers and mothering.

About the Author

Dawn Braa is an education enthusiast! She has had the opportunity to facilitate learning as a preschool teacher in both metro and rural Minnesota cities. Currently, she is an Early Childhood and Youth Development instructor and has been teaching at the collegiate level, both online and face to face, for 13 years. She regularly facilitates adult learning for early childhood educators through local, state, and national training sessions.

Dawn has a M.A.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Phoenix. She also attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, earning her bachelor’s degree in Family Life/Child Development. She minored in Early Childhood Education and Parent Education at MSU, M. Dawn continues to update her credentials by staying current in the field through courses, webinars, workshops, research, and conferences.