Language for Validating Feelings

Language for Validating Feelings

Careful listening helps kids feel heard. Language that communicates careful listening when kids have strong emotions is similar to paraphrasing, but in a way that signals...

What is the Preschool Development Grant?

What is the Preschool Development Grant?

In 2019, Wyoming was awarded a Preschool Development Grant. With the funds, through a network of early childhood partners, the state is strategically building on existing...

Tips For Helping Kids Build Relationships

Tips For Helping Kids Build Relationships

Relationship-building is the process of establishing emotional connections with others that are based on trust and intimacy. Through relationships, kids discover who they...

Interpreting Baby’s Body Language

Interpreting Baby’s Body Language

Your baby’s body language can tell you how they are feeling and what they may need. Responding to their body language helps your baby feel safe and seen, which also supports...

Receptive and Expressive Language

Receptive and Expressive Language

Language is an important part of development, and it’s not just about the ability to say words. Expressive and receptive language skills are both required for...

Meaningful Learning Experiences

Meaningful Learning Experiences

Learning new things is easier for kids when the new part connects to something they already know a little bit about. When kids can connect their own experiences and...

Benefits of Family Style Meals and Snacks

Benefits of Family Style Meals and Snacks

“Family style” is when kids and adults sit together for a meal or snack. Food and drinks are served from shared plates, pitchers, etc. When kids eat family style, they learn...

Supporting Kids Who Are Slow To Warm Up

Supporting Kids Who Are Slow To Warm Up

Many kids are “slow to warm up,” meaning they are uneasy or cautious in new situations or with unfamiliar people. As babies, maybe they didn’t like being held by just...

Facilitating Learning Experiences

Facilitating Learning Experiences

Learning experiences build on existing knowledge (something familiar) and invite children to extend their thinking in a way that balances safety and risk (curiosity). ...

Reciprocal Relationships

Reciprocal Relationships

In a reciprocal relationship, each person is equally respected and valued. The relationship is balanced so that both people feel seen and heard. When you engage in a...

Learning at Home

Learning at Home

Emotional and physical environments matter because they affect how we feel, how we relate to others, and our ability to focus on tasks. High-quality environments are free...

10 Things Kids Learn Playing With Blocks

10 Things Kids Learn Playing With Blocks

Blocks are both a great learning tool and toy for kiddos! Here are a few things they learn when they play with blocks:  Imagination Self-Esteem Science Skills Math...

Early Childhood Care and Education Settings

Early Childhood Care and Education Settings

Families have many options for where their children learn and grow when they are not at home. It's important to get to know the differences and similarities between the...

Starting Baby on Solid Foods

Starting Baby on Solid Foods

Starting your baby on solid foods can be an intimidating transition. Here is an overview of new foods to try and when to add them to your baby's diet. You can download...

Accessible Environments for Little Learners

Accessible Environments for Little Learners

Learning happens when kids feel welcome and comfortable in their environment, and when they have easy access to all the tools they need. Accessible environments are designed...

Responsive Interactions

Responsive Interactions

When you give kids what they need in the moment – like a smile, a hug, or some help – you are responding to their actions and words in a positive and respectful way....

Raising Humane Humans

Raising Humane Humans

Learning to recognize the emotions they are feeling will help your kids understand how to handle them – within themselves and with empathy for others.You can download...

Helping Big Kids Adjust to a New Baby

Helping Big Kids Adjust to a New Baby

Bringing a baby home is a huge transition for an older sibling. Before your baby is born, read books together about new babies, siblings, big brothers and big sisters and...

Transitioning Home With A New Baby

Transitioning Home With A New Baby

Don’t be surprised if you have mixed emotions about bringing your baby home. It’s OK to be nervous, and normal to feel uncertain or overwhelmed – maybe you’re even a...

Building Authentic Relationships

Building Authentic Relationships

Children learn about relationships from the adults who care for them. Being genuine in what you say and do creates honest, authentic relationships built on trust. This is...

Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

Starting kindergarten can feel like a big transition for both kids and parents. First, talk with your kids about school, and reminding them they are going to start...

Self-Care to Keep You Going Strong

Self-Care to Keep You Going Strong

Caring for children is a great joy—and a great responsibility. The better you take care of your whole self, the better you’ll feel. Modeling good self-care helps kids learn...

8 Great Things to Know about Child Development

8 Great Things to Know about Child Development

In recent years, researchers have learned a lot more about how early experiences shape children. Here are 8 great things to know and remember when it comes to early child...

Parent Wellbeing Checklist

Parent Wellbeing Checklist

Parenting is demanding; it takes a lot of energy. But looking out for your wellbeing – physically, mentally, and emotionally – will help both you and your family thrive....

9 Elements of Positive Parenting

9 Elements of Positive Parenting

“Positive Parenting” isn’t about being perfect or always being cheerful. Instead, it gives words to what parents do every day – challenges included – and keeps the big...

Quality Child Care: What to Look For

Quality Child Care: What to Look For

There’s a lot to think about when choosing a child care or early educational environment for your family, because it’s an important decision! Thinking about quality of care...

Choosing the Right Pediatrician for Your Family

Choosing the Right Pediatrician for Your Family

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a pediatrician, because you want them to be the right fit for your family. Here are some things to think about. Where did they go to...

Serve & Return

Serve & Return

“Serve and return” is about the everyday, back and forth interactions you have with your kids. It’s the practice of noticing and responding to their cues with eye contact,...

Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

It’s important to feel comfortable with your pediatrician and to have an open line of communication. Well checks are a perfect time to talk about how your baby is growing...

Adapting to Digital Learning

Adapting to Digital Learning

The first thing you should know while your kids are learning from home is that you are already doing things right! The foundation for all learning is caring and supportive...

Tips for Parents’ Transition to Kindergarten

Tips for Parents’ Transition to Kindergarten

We can be more helpful to our kids if we acknowledge that the transition to kindergarten is a big life step for adults as well. Think about what will help you through this...

Help Your Kids Transition to Kindergarten

Help Your Kids Transition to Kindergarten

The transition to kindergarten is exciting! For kids, it’s an opportunity to learn new things, master new skills, and build new relationships. But this transition can also...

Resources for Parents to Help Your Kids Thrive

Resources for Parents to Help Your Kids Thrive

Resources for Parents to Help Your Kids Thrive From Amanda Henderson, Safe Children Helping your little ones grow, learn, and thrive can be a tough task for parents, and...

Easing Baby into their First Child Care Setting

Easing Baby into their First Child Care Setting

Taking your little one to child care can be a difficult decision and an emotional experience. Here are a few ways to ease the transition. Here are a few ways you can help...

Communicating with Your Care Givers & Teachers

Communicating with Your Care Givers & Teachers

Your kids’ success in their child care and early learning environments begin with relationships: parent-child and parent-provider or parent-teacher. Each relationship is key...