During tough times, when there is a lot of change and uncertainty, children may just not be themselves. Just like grown-ups, kids experience stress. If changes in their behavior continue or affect their everyday life, it might be time to reach out for help.

You matter most in your child’s growth and development. No matter what comes their way, research shows that kids are more likely to thrive with a caring and committed adult in their lives.

When you take time for self care, you are better able to care for your child. Even a few minutes of “you time” can help you to recharge so that you can parent at your best. Stress causes wear and tear on a person, inside and out. Keep these tips in mind next time you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Children are learning to express their emotions. They don’t yet have the tools to talk about their feelings and this can lead to big frustration and bigger meltdowns.

As parents and caregivers, it’s your job to be supportive even when children are expressing big emotions. This will help them manage their reactions and allow them to feel safe when confronting scary feelings. But remaining calm can be a tricky task.

Parents and families are children’s first teachers. Family Friday focuses on engaging families to support our youngest learners.  You might be thinking, “I’m a parent, not a teacher.” The great news is, whether you’ve had training or not, you are your child’s first teacher.

Children develop creativity, social skills, and fine muscles with open-ended art projects that let them make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands.

When children build together, they experience teamwork and develop their social and early literacy skills. Grab some materials and create!

April is the Month of the Young Child.  It’s derived from the Week of the Young Child, which will be April 8-12. There are five different themes, and we will share them with you along with activities you can do with your child all month long to encourage learning through every day experiences. 

Tasty Tuesday isn’t just about eating your favorite snacks together. It’s also about cooking together and connecting math with literacy skills and science while introducing ways to incorporate healthy habits into children’s lifestyles. Use the tips below to get started.

April is the Month of the Young Child.  It’s derived from the Week of the Young Child, which will be April 8-12. There are five different themes, and we will share them with you along with activities you can do with your child all month long to encourage learning through every day experiences. 

Physical activity is important during every stage of life, even infancy. For example, activity can encourage rolling over, crawling, and walking, as well as cognitive development. And, it can lead to a preference for active play.

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