Resources for Parents and Families
Information for parents and family members about early childhood education.
- All About Young Children: Information for Families on Children’s Early Development
The online publication All About Young Children: Information for Families on Children’s Early Development provides resources for families based on the California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations and the California Preschool Learning Foundations. Parents and family members can find out what skills help children from birth to five learn, how they learn language, how they learn about feelings and relationships, how they learn about numbers, and how they become skillful at moving their bodies.
- American Academy of Pediatrics Literacy Toolkit
This is an interactive web-based resource designed to help health professionals encourage all parents to read with their children. The site introduces a wide variety of strategies and tools to support the mission of promoting child development and future school success. Many of these resources can easily be adapted for use by early childhood professionals.
- Bright Futures/Child Care Health Partnership Handouts for Parents
Introducing new handouts that provide parents with information on what child care programs will be working on with a child based on the child’s age. Each handout includes tips, tools for healthy, active living, and questions for parents to ask their health care professional.
- Care About Quality: Your Guide to Child Care
This resource guide was published by the California Department of Education in 2000 to provide parents and family seeking child care with key indicators of quality child care settings, information on the types of child care available, and tips for interviewing potential child care providers.
- Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL)
Materials that provide parents and teachers with simple ways to enhance daily activities and routines with literacy specific opportunities.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources
- Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers
The CDC Division of Violence Prevention has developed this free, evidence-based resource that gives parents ways to interact more positively with their children.
- Learn the Signs. Act Early.
From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. The CDC has provided a resource to track your child’s development and act early if you have a concern.
- Parent Portal to the CDC
The Parent Portal organizes and presents information and resources from across CDC to make it easier for parents to find credible, accurate information on raising healthy kids and providing a safe home and community. It is also a resource for diseases and conditions that can occur, as well as for developmental milestones and schedules. The Parent Portal also provides information on physical activity, diet, physical and mental health, injuries and violence, peer relationships, and a special section on risk behaviors geared for the parents of teens.
- Drowning Prevention
In California, drowning is a leading cause of injury-related deaths among children under the age of five. Each year, near-drowning incidents result in life-long disabilities. The California Department of Developmental Services and the Drowning Prevention Foundation continue to raise awareness on this issue, and remind parents and caregivers that drowning is preventable.
Resources for Spanish Speakers / Recursos en Espanol
Resources from the United States Department of Education for Spanish
a Child Care Services Provider
The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network assists
families in the identification of local child care options. Provider
services range from initial start-up assistance to a diverse number
of program delivery trainings suited for established centers.
- First 5 California/Children
and Families Commission
The California Children and Families Act of 1998 is designed to
provide, on a community-by-community basis, all children, prenatal
to five years of age, with comprehensive child development services.
- How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development
An animated video which presents the core story of brain development in an accessible and visually engaging format for public audiences.
- NAEYC for Families
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), this program offers guidance and information for families
seeking quality child care or preschool programs for their young children.
- Parent Toolkit Application (App)
The Parent Toolkit App is an online resource to help parents navigate their children’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. Also available in Spanish
, the app allows parents to access academic benchmarks, as well as health and wellness resources including physical development and nutritional information.
- Policy on
California State Board of Education Policy: Parental Involvement
in the Education of Their Children.
- Principles for Promoting Language, Literacy, and Learning for Preschool English Learners (English)
Available translations of the Principles for Promoting Language, Literacy, and Learning for Preschool English Learners
These ten principles will serve as a useful tool to guide practice and program planning for anyone who is involved in the education of preschool English learners. The document is a valuable resource for parents, the key partners in education, to support the language development of their own English learners.
- Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read promotes early literacy and school readiness to young children and their families through thousands of pediatricians in all 50 states. Each year, medical providers at the nearly 5,000 Reach Out and Read program sites nationwide distribute 6.5 million books to children and invaluable literacy advice to parents.
- Recommended Literature List
A collection of outstanding literature for children and adolescents in grades pre-kindergarten through grade twelve in all disciplines.
from the United States Department of Education
A broad range of publications are available free of charge in English and
Spanish. To order online, click on the link above, or call 1-877-4EDPUBS (1-877-433-7827) to order by phone.
- Talk, Read, Sing Together, Every Day!
A suite of resources from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education that can help enrich children’s early language experiences beginning from birth. The information includes tip sheets for families, preschool teachers, and infant/toddler teachers and caregivers, as well as a fact sheet that highlights the evidence behind the benefits of being bilingual and embracing children’s home languages. All tip sheets are available in English and Spanish, and can be downloaded for free.
The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) has launched Text4Baby, a free mobile information service that provides pregnant women and new mothers with information to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life.
- Training Resources for Informal Caregivers, In Support of Family, Friend, and Neighbor Learning (English)
Printable version (PDF) of the Training Resources for Informal Caregivers Brochure
Spanish translation printable version (PDF)
Available translations of Training Resources for Informal Caregivers, In Support of Family, Friend, and Neighbor Learning
A brochure from the Early Education and Support Division on training opportunities that promote quality child care and development practices to informal or license-exempt providers who care for children whose families are enrolled in California Department of Education-funded alternative payment programs.
- Zero To Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
Zero To Three is a national nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals, and policymakers with the knowledge and the know-how to nurture early development.
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