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If you’re looking for a little more in-depth information about child development, we have thought-provoking articles to help you understand the many ways kids grow and learn! 

How to Create a Literate Home

The “literate home” for this age child only needs a few inexpensive materials, but parent involvement is key. Your young child or kindergartner continues to build her language base (understanding and using language) in preparation for learning to read, so she still…

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5 Ways to Raise a Reader… Starting from Birth

Zero to Three’s National Parent Survey shows that nearly half of parents (45%) think that reading to children starts to benefit long-term language development at 2 years or older—about a year and a half later than it actually does. Research shows that the benefits of…

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How Curiosity Leads to Learning

“WHAT’S THIS?” At 3 months, Tessa has good control over her neck muscles. Sitting on her mother’s lap, she turns her head slowly from side to side to look at the brightly colored dishes and cups on the table in front of her. Twenty-month-old Natalie…

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How Your Child Learns and Grows Through Play

How Your Child Learns and Grows Through Play from Birth to Three When you make time to play each day, you are giving your child a big dose of love and learning. Wise words from Mister Rogers. Play is more than just fun, it’s serious learning! It’s a very important…

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Nine Elements That Power Positive Parenting

Parenting comes with mistakes and missteps. What makes a parent great is recognizing when things haven’t gone right and responding with love to repair the relationship. That’s positive parenting in action. Take time in everyday moments to show your child love and…

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Help Your Child Learn To Resolve Conflict

Help Your Child Learn to Resolve Conflicts in a Healthy, Appropriate Way Teddy and Brian, both 2-year-olds, love the book area of their day-care. Teddy picks up a big book about dinosaurs. When Brian sees this neat book, he can’t help himself—he wants it, too! So he…

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Infant Sleep Safety

Ask any new mom or dad what they find most difficult in a child’s first year, and they will probably mention sleep deprivation. By a baby’s first birthday, most parents have tried some sort of intervention – something to help their child learn to fall asleep and stay…

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Tips on Nurturing Your Child’s Curiosity

The more curious a child is, the more he learns. Nurturing your child’s curiosity is one of the most important ways you can help her become a lifelong learner. Babies are born learners, with a natural curiosity to figure out how the world works. Curiosity is the…

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Why Do Babies Like Boxes Best?

Why Do Babies Like Boxes Best? It is Ella’s first birthday, and her mom is excited. She places a brightly wrapped present in front of Ella and tears just a small portion of the shiny paper. Ella takes over, pulling on the paper and scrunching it in her hands. Some…

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Best Books to Read to Infants and Toddlers

Many families are familiar with classic books like Goodnight Moon and read them over and over with their very youngest children. Here are some more recent titles and reissues you and your baby will both love. (Note: Many of these books are available in Spanish, and…

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The Case of Brain Science and Guided Play

Why Play? Monkeys play. Dogs play. Rats play. Even octopuses play. And without any instruction, children of all races and genders, in all cultures of the world, invent and reinvent play in every generation. Something this ubiquitous must provide evolutionary…

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Tips on Playing with Babies and Toddlers

Try these tips the next time you play with your child and watch how even the simplest interactions encourage them to learn and explore the world around them. Playtime is special. Not only is it fun, but it is critical to children’s development. Play is their “work”…

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