Almost half of Americans expect to rely a great deal on their neighbors after a disaster. Helping your community to prepare for disasters can lessen the hardship that is a part of any crisis situation. Learn skills you need to help yourself and others until help can arrive.

Experts believe that reading to your child every day is one of the most important things parents and other adults can do.  Here are ideas for using this reading time to build your young child’s literacy skills while keeping it fun for both of you.

Children establish eating habits as early as two years old!  At Head Start/Early Head Start programs, we partner with families to build healthy eating habits early; one way to do this is to serve meals family-style. Eating family-style meals is a great way to introduce healthy foods, model healthy behaviors and provide opportunities for nutrition education.

What is Family Style Eating?

A strong partnership between parents and teachers make for a winning team!  Parents and teachers working together equal a child’s success in school.


As a parent you can strengthen the team by:

Caring for young children's teeth is an important part of keeping their bodies healthy—and it's never too early to get started.

Strong first or baby teeth set the stage for strong permanent teeth, and help children play, learn, and grow. Children begin developing oral health habits early.  Once a child’s oral health habits are set, they often stay with the child for life. 

One of the best ways to really understand your child is to get to know his/her world. Hang out with your child. Children are not always good about telling their mom or dad what their worries might be.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommended immunization schedule for children 0-6 years old protects children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases.  The schedule is designed to provide protection early in life, before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.

Hot cars can be deadly. Here are some tips to help, thanks to Community Service Programs of West Alabama.

It takes a “good parent” to raise a “good child.” A child who is caring, respectful and lives by the Golden Rule is one who sees the same actions happening in their home. Early experiences at home become the foundation a child’s character is built upon.

Each week, Community Service Programs of West Alabama brings you parenting and family tips to keep everyone in your home happy and healthy. This week’s discussion is about ensuring that your home is both child and family safe. These are some helpful tips:

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