A Place of Our Own
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What is the difference between A Place of Our Own and Los Niņos en Su Casa?
Los Niņos en Su Casa is the Spanish language series companion to A Place of Our Own. Both TV series consider the same questions each week, address the same issues, and present the same activities and out-of-studio visits.

Debi Gutierrez is the host for A Place of Our Own and Alina Rosario is the host for Los Niņos en Su Casa. Both series share guest experts and child care providers, but more frequently guests will differ. To learn more, please visit About the Series.

What is a topic?
Topics are the primary organizing subject areas of the series. Each episode considers a question posed by a child care provider that can be classified under one of the eight key topics: ** Early Learning Areas, Play and Creativity, Health and Safety, Brain Development, Social and Emotional Development, Getting to Know Each Child, Child Care Management, and Professionalism.

To help you find answers to your child care needs we have divided the topics into specific areas of interest, such as: nutrition and physical development under Health and Safety or science and math under Early Learning Areas. Please visit our Topics section (accessed through the "Topics" button on the top of every page) for more information.

How do I find out when and where A Place of Our Own is airing in my town?
A Place of Our Own is broadcast on public television stations throughout the state of California. Days and times may vary. Please visit our statewide broadcast schedule.

How do I find out about upcoming episodes?
The A Place of Our Own website offers an Episode Guide that lets you preview the program schedule roughly three weeks in advance of broadcast. Information is presented a week at a time. The Episode Guide also serves as an Archive for past episodes and is another useful way to review specific episode content like: activity of the day, featured video or related resources.

How do I find an episode of A Place of our Own?
There are several ways to search for an episode on the site. The first is to go into the Topics section and look under the topic and "subtopics" for the subject area in which you are interested. Clicking on the topic will take you to an Index page that features all the episode titles related to that topic. Click on a title and you will go to the Episode page where you will find all sorts of useful information provided by that particular program: tips and advice from the host and experts, conversation with the guest child care providers, the activity of the day, video of the out-of-studio visit as well as related resources.

A second way is to use the search button on all the pages of the site and type in the key words that relate to that episode, such as "separation anxiety" or "contracts" or "shy child". You will get a search results page which will guide you throughout the site to all the pages that present information on your key words.

A third way to find an episode is to look in the Episode Guide where episodes are organized by airdate.

How do I find an Activity I saw on A Place of Our Own?
The easiest way to find an activity on the website is to go to the Activities section (see the "Activities" button on the top of every page.) Here you can see the most recent activities featured on the series. You can also search for an activity by either "type" (crafts, music, reading, etc.) or "skills" (critical thinking, language and literacy, social and emotional.)

How do I find that website or download or book, etc. mentioned on an episode?
On the A Place of Our Own website we have organized all our episode and series related resources - from local and regional organizations to websites and books - in one section, Resources (see the "Resources" button on the top of every page.) Here you can search by either "category" (organization, website, CDs/DVDS, etc.) or by "topic" (Professionalism, Play and Creativity, etc.)

Having trouble finding what you are looking? (General Search advice)
Each page on the website features a search box. To find a particular word or words on the A Place of Our Own website, type in the word(s) in the white box and click "Go". A search results page will appear with all references to that word on the site.

To search for a specific phrase, enter the phrase in quotes such as "Child Care Management". When using quotes remember that the search is case sensitive. You may also search for words using "AND" between two words, such as "child AND health" to get results which contain both words. Finally, using the word "OR" between words such as "health OR safety" will find results that contain either of the two words. When using "AND" and "OR" in this manner, they must be capitalized.

What is a pdf? How can I see it? How can I print it?
Many of the downloadables and tip sheets available on A Place of Our Own's website are in the "PDF" file format. Because documents in ".pdf" format can easily be seen and printed by users on a variety of computer and platform types, they are very common on the Internet. If you can't open a PDF document after clicking on the specified link, then you need to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free from Adobe's Website.

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To print a PDF, you can either click on the printer icon on the navigation bar on the PDF document itself, or you can click on your browser's print button.

How can I view video?
Video on A Place of Our Own can be seen if you have the RealPlayer video plug-in. If you do not have it, then you should download the free version of RealPlayer available on Real's website.

We are offering video for two kinds of Internet connections, broadband, a hi-speed connection offered typically by cable or telephone companies (DSL) or a low band connection, known as dial-up, which is slower. When playing video on the website for the first time you will be asked to identify which connection you have. You will not have to make a selection again, as the computer will remember your previous choice. However, you can always change connections by clicking on "change my preferences."

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