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5 Secrets to a Smarter Baby: School Readiness Can Start Now "As parents, we all want happy, healthy babies. Not only that, we want them to be smart. Growing research in early brain development shows there are some basic things you can do right now to start raising a child who is curious about the world and ready to learn. These early education activities we're talking about are simple―and screen free!" Here is a helpful article from the American Academy of Pediatrics at healthychildren.org.   Website
5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return Child-adult relationships that are responsive and attentive--with lots of back and forth interactions--build a strong foundation in a child's brain for all future learning and development. This is called "serve and return," and it takes two to play! Follow these 5 steps to practice serve and return with your child. Website
5 Tips for Baby Conversations Why should you talk to a baby? Because young children need to hear language in order to learn it. This article highlights evidence-based practices for supporting speech, language, and vocabulary development in very young children. Website
5 ways screen time can benefit children and families The AAP recommends five ways for parents and young children to use media positively. Document
6 Fine Motor Skills Activities for Kids Kids develop motor skills at different rates. But when young kids struggle with fine motor skills, they can have trouble with key tasks like grasping utensils (like pencils), moving objects with their fingertips, and using tools like scissors.Try these fun activities from Understood.org. Website
8 Things to Remember About Child Development Experiences in the earliest years of life form the foundation of brain architecture, for better or for worse. Learning, behavior, and health across the lifespan are all built on that foundation. Website
89 Percent of Parents Would Have Emotionally Healthier Kids If They Stopped This 1 Habit Researchers found a connection between parents who stopped to interact with devices such as phones, tablets, or laptops during time with their children and those children's behavioral problems, including hyperactivity, whining, and tantrums. Document
A Guide to Developmental Milestones, Red Flags, Early Intervention and Inclusion This video, produced for the Somali community, addresses developmental milestones for children and red flags for developmental delays as well as covering the topics of early identification and early intervention. This video also contains interviews with Somali parents of children who have special needs and an interview with a Somali physician. Website
A Universal Checklist for Early Intervention This Practice Guide from TRACE (Tracking, Referral, and Assessment Center for Excellence) provides a universal checklist for identifying infants and toddlers that may be eligible for early intervention. The checklist was specifically developed to facilitate and streamline the identification of potentially eligible children without the need to administer screening or developmental tests and was designed to be used by primary referral sources to make referrals to early intervention. Document
A Year of Play Here is a list of fun seasonal activities for infants and toddlers from Zero to Three.  Just click on the month to find activities that promote your child's development all year. Website