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Research shows that a child’s brain development is most dramatic during the early years of life. As a parent, you have the opportunity to have the greatest impact on your child’s development during this time. Your every day interactions can increase your child’s learning and social skills, helping to provide him or her with building blocks to support future learning and development.|
Below you will find excellent resources and articles to help you be your child’s guide in early learning.
BornLearning.org is a campaign that helps parents, grandparents, and caregivers to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities. On this website, you can check out Ages and Stages to find out what is happening at each stage of your child’s development, find specific information for Dads, or find simple ideas for helping your child to learn anywhere.
Zero to Three
Zero to Three is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
Getting Ready to Read
This booklet provides a breakdown of strategies for facilitating your child’s early literacy development from birth to age 5.
A Scribble or a Masterpiece? Your Toddler’s Developing Writing and Art Skills
A description of how your child’s early writing skills develop
Dual Language - Double Benefit
Discusses the benefits of exposing your young child to more than one language
Jumpstart (www.jstart.org) is one of the nations leading non-profit organizations in Early Childhood Education.
Printable Family Resource Book
A book full of activities to help children develop language, literacy, & social skills
Learning Every Day
Simple ways to incorporate learning into every day activities
The Early Literacy Crisis
A look at why early intervention is so important
In addition to being home to Parenting & Babytalk Magazines www.parenting.com has information for parents with children of all ages. Expecting parents can even receive a free one year subscription to Babytalk Magazine full of about pregnancy and early parenting.
The Early Literacy Crisis: A Mom Congress Special Report
A bigger look at why early intervention is so important
Preschool: An Inside Look
A glimpse of a typical preschool day
Get Ready to Read Program
The Get Ready to Read Program (www.getreadytoread.org) is part of NCLD’s initiative to provide information to help build early literacy skills by integrating emergent literacy screening and learning activities into routine early childhood education, child-care and parenting practices."
Use the 20-question research-based Get Ready to Read Screening Tool with your 4-year-old. The score will show if a child’s pre-reading skills are weak, strong, or somewhere in between. Activities and resources to improve those skills will be provided.
First 5 California
First 5 California (www.ccfc.ca.gov) is dedicated to improving the lives of California’s young children and their families through a comprehensive system of education, health services, childcare, and other crucial programs. The First 5 California Parents’ Site offers information on health, education, and support services for parents of children ages 0-5.
School Readiness Tips
A look at how your child develops and tips for making learning fun