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Gretchen Kinnell


Gretchen KinnellGretchen is the assistant director of the Child Care Council of Onondaga County (Syracuse), New York. She also presents workshops on topics related to behavior guidance and early literacy, and is especially known for her presentations on biting and on potty training in child care settings. Gretchen has logged thousands of hours training people who work with young children in programs such as child care centers, nursery schools, family child care settings, Head Start, and public-school preschool programs. Gretchen earned a bachelor's degree in special education from the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater. Since then, she has taken a wide variety of courses in education, computer programming, management, cultural anthropology, and sociology. A former special education teacher, preschool teacher, and adult education teacher, Gretchen has had articles and interviews published in Parents, in Children and Families, and in other parenting publications, including the "Partners in Parenting" question-and-advice column in the Syracuse Post-Standard. Gretchen is the author of Good Going: Successful Potty Training for Children in Child Care, No Biting: Policy and Practice for Toddler Programs, and No Biting, Second Edition. Publications:

Gretchen Kinnell's Books

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  • Good Going!: Successful Potty Training for Children in Child Care

    Author: Gretchen Kinnell
    Product Code: 125401
    ISBN: 978-192961046-4

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    From the training chair to the big potty, Good Going! has potty training policy and practice covered.

    This comprehensive handbook examines potty training issues in child care settings and at home. Eight chapters offer you a healthy perspective for developing consistent policies and successful practices. Issues explored include:

    · potty-training readiness
    · potty training routines in group care programs
    · bathroom design and equipment
    · developing partnerships with parents
    · clothing issues
    · problems for parents and caregivers

    Sample parent communication and detailed resource lists are included. Good Going is ideal for both beginning and experienced toddler caregivers facing this challenging milestone. Age Focus: 2-3. Softbound, 80 pgs.

    "Gretchen Kinnell's Good Going is a much-welcomed and long overdue addition to the literature on potty training! This practical, comprehensive, and theoretically sound volume addresses the countless issues that must be considered when young children are developing their toileting skills both at home and in child care. Kinnell's invaluable suggestions for successful potty training, including sample letters and handouts, make this book an ideal choice for teachers, teacher trainers, and parents of young children."
    —Ellen Lynch, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Cincinnati

    "Lucky is the toddler who attends a child care program that follows the excellent advice conveyed in Good Going! Gretchen Kinnell has crafted a straightforward and comprehensive guide to successful potty training that respects the needs of the toddler, the parents, and the caregiver."
    —Patricia Witt Ahrens, co-author of Beginning with Babies

    "..reading Good Going! will help parents and daycare providers avoid common mistakes and become true partners in helping a child learn to use the potty with confidence and ease.
    —Vincent R. Iannelli, MD, FAAP, President, Keep Kids Healthy, LLC

  • No Biting, 2nd Edition: Policy and Practice for Toddler Programs

    Author: Gretchen Kinnell
    Product Code: 129701
    ISBN: 978-1-933653-56-3

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    Biting is an issue that is more than skin-deep; it is a concern that has developmental, emotional, or environmental origins. An "unfortunately not unexpected" occurrence that happens among toddlerkind, biting is more than a physical act; it is a serious, complicated issue that brings much frustration to the biter, the bitee, parents, and early childhood professionals alike.

    This updated edition of No Biting takes an indepth look at the developmental, emotional, and practical perspectives of biting. You will find technique—building advice for approaching biting in ways that work effectively for toddlers, parents, and teachers alike. Also included is information on how to develop biting policies, how to work with parents and staff, and recommended articles for parents to learn more about the issue.

    Age Focus: 1-3. Softbound, 120 pgs.

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  • Why Children Bite: A Family Companion to No Biting

    Author: Gretchen Kinnell
    Product Code: 120041
    ISBN: 9781933653990

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    Give concerned families the important facts they need when biting incidents occur. This educational booklet provides information on why children bite, explains appropriate responses, and includes advice for further action.

    Age focus: 1-3. Pack of 25 booklets 12 pgs. each.

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