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The Importance of Responsive Feeding One of the major factors that contributes to healthy growth and development is the feeding of a child. This info module addresses the concept that how a child is fed is critical since the infant and toddler years are when food preferences and dietary patterns begin to develop.   Info Module
The influence of the number of toys in the environment on toddlers’ play As cognitive, language, and motor skills improve, toddlers are able to engage in more sophisticated play. One cognitive skill that develops during early childhood and greatly influences engagement in age-appropriate tasks is attention. Attention allows an individual to gather information about and sustain engagement with a target.  Document
The Magic of Reading Aloud to Babies Reading to babies as young as six months of age leads to stronger vocabularies and better early literacy skills four years later, just as the children are getting ready to go to school. How often and how vividly kids and adults engage in books together through the toddler years also mattered, predicting early reading and writing skills.  Document
The Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) The Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) are professional associations of more than 700 members each. The members from our organizations are a diverse group of professionals representing early care and education and school age and youth programs across Minnesota. The members are teachers, youth workers, center directors, site coordinators, program managers, trainers, and advocates. MnAEYC-MnSACA promotes quality in early care and education and out-of-school time programs and supports the leadership and development of early care and education and out-of-school time professionals. We forward this mission by focusing on Professional Development, Program Improvement, and Policy & Advocacy. Website
The Minnesota Early Hearing Detection And Intervention The Minnesota Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program ensures that all newborns are screened for hearing loss. Children need screening for hearing loss beyond the newborn period. Not all newborns receive recommended follow-up and not all hearing loss can be identified at birth. Continued periodic hearing screening programs are critical for identifying a wide range of hearing health needs not found though hospital-based newborn hearing screening programs. Website
The Playground Where Babies Learn to Talk A campaign to encourage brain development is using parks to deliver its message to children and their caregivers. Website
The Power of Touch is Important in the NICU One in ten infants is born prematurely and spends an extended amount of time in the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, after birth. This video, in English and Spanish, highlights research that shows why a small gesture, like touching, can make a big difference and support the development of preemies. Website
The Stages of Play As children grow and develop, the types of play in which they engage also grow and develop. This tip sheet covers the different types of play.  Tipsheet
The State of Babies "The State of Babies" A report from Zero to Three and Child Trends with national and state by state date on the well being of infants and toddlers in the U.S. "Babies are born with unlimited potential.  For the 12 million infants and toddlers in the United States, the state where they are born and live during their first three years makes a big difference in their chance for a strong start in life."   Website
Therapro Therapro: The therapy resource for families and professionals! We provide therapists, teachers, parents and other caregivers with the highest quality and most economical therapeutic and educational resources for all ages and abilities, from kids to adults. Our goal is to provide unique speech and occupational therapy supplies for preventive, developmental, and rehabilitative care. With the right tools, including occupational therapy assessments and evaluations, kids and adult activities, games, products and toys, developing gross motor skills, fine motor skills and communication skills is less frustrating, and will result in better outcomes in a shorter period of time. Website