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There is so much to know and learn as your young child is growing and developing. We want to make it easy for you by connecting you to reliable and credible sources of information that are at your fingertips and free of charge.

Understand How Your Child is Growing and Developing

  • Are you ready to track your child’s development? The CDC has created a set of materials that make it easy for you to follow your child’s growth and development by looking for milestone moments. Learn the Signs. Act Early is meant to support families in recognizing how their child is developing and accessing resources if their child’s development is taking a different path. If you’re concerned about your child’s development, learn the next steps to take by connecting to Act Early Wisconsin.
  • Developmental Screening supports families in understanding their child’s development and whether it is typical for their age. Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension describes the purpose and process of developmental screening. In Wisconsin, the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3 has been accepted as a universal screening tool. Read more here.
  • Easter Seals, through support from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, provides parents with FREE access to the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition, one of many general developmental screening tools. Click here to learn more and take the questionnaire. Be sure to share the completed questionnaire and results with your child’s doctor and early care and education provider.
  • Just in Time Parenting e-Newsletters: From UW Extension, these free parenting eNewsletters are written by parenting experts (who are parents themselves!). They are designed so that information that’s relevant to children and families is automatically delivered to them just in time! E-Newsletters are available in English and Spanish and in web and PDF versions.
  • Find Evidence Based Parenting Programs in WI.

Nurture Your Child’s Social Emotional Competence

  • The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. Wisconsin is one of many states implementing The Pyramid Model of Social Emotional Development. There are a variety of strategies, tools and resources readily available for families to promote healthy development at home.
  • Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health (WI-AIMH) promotes the healthy social and emotional development of Wisconsin children from birth through age 5. In an effort to increase awareness and improve access to infant mental health care for infants, young children and their families across Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health has begun work on a Provider Directory by County. The first draft can be found here.
  • For Fathers: Resources for Fathering is a website that brings numerous resources for fathers together all in one place. Everything from videos to news to podcasts to articles and resources are available here.

Promote Your Child’s Physical Health

  • Active Early & Healthy Bites are Wisconsin-based initiatives created to support early care and education programs in promoting daily physical activity and nutrition. What happens in care matters, but what happens at home is just as critical.
  • Head Start Body Start provides a variety of developmentally appropriate physical activities, as well as a monthly calendar of physical activity.
  • Nemours produced the resource Best Practices for Healthy Eating: A Guide to Help Children Grow Up Healthy which highlights daily nutritional recommendations, guidance on supporting children develop healthy eating habits and visuals for healthy portion sizes and nutrition label literacy.
  • MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image—a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. MyPlate has dedicated a portion of their website to information and resources specific to nutrition for children ages 2 to 5.
  • UW Health American Family Children’s Hospital has an informative, in depth portion of their website called “Kids Health” devoted to questions and resources about your child’s health and any concerns you might have.

Foster Your Child’s Early Learning

  • The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards specify developmental expectations for children from birth through entrance to first grade. The standards reflect attention to all the domains of a child’s learning and development. The domains include: Health & Physical Development, Social and Emotional Development, Language Development and Communication, Approaches to Learning, and Cognition and General Knowledge. Each domain is divided into sub-domains. Each sub-domain includes developmental expectations, program standards, performance standards and developmental continuum.
  • Get Ready to Read is a website full of resources focused on supporting literacy and math from the earliest years. From checklists to tip sheets to videos, this range of resources will answer questions, provide strategies and support success.
  • Math at Play is a multimedia resource for people who work with children from birth to age five. Its focus is the exploration of early mathematical development.

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Apoyando Familias Aprendiendo Juntos: This radio program is a collaboration of Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) and WLMV La Movida Radio, to provide information in Spanish to parents, child care providers and the community on topics related to children and families. The weekly radio programs are available in writing and in audio and can be downloaded from apoyandofamilias.wordpress.com.

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