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123 CareToolkit

Check out 123CareToolkit, a trauma sensitive toolkit for parents and caregivers, developed by Spokane Regional Health District.    

SAMHSA's "KnowBullying" app helps parents and others prevent bullying

SAMHSA’s bullying prevention efforts include the KnowBullying app, a free smartphone tool that provides information and guidance on ways to prevent bullying and build resilience in children.

The app is designed to address the needs of children ages 3–18 and includes discussion prompts for adults working with children who are bullied, who witness bullying, or who bully others.

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.

In recognition of the efforts to improve school climate and reduce rates of Young boy holds a sign announcing "October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month."bullying nationwide, the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (FPBP) are proud to release a variety of resources aimed at informing youth, those who work with youth, members


Children and youth are more likely to succeed in school when they feel safe, valued and connected to caring adults and their peers.  There are many strategies that schools can use to develop and maintain a positive and supportive climate that promotes social and emotional well-being and reduces risk factors.

What Does it Cost to Create a Rich Environment for Kids?

We recently had the opportunity to talk with parents in the Early Childhood program of Roseville Area Schools about what parents can do to encourage their child’s interests and talents.  We talked about how as parents, we need to really notice and help our children discover and express what is unique about them. 

What Kids Need to Know for Kindergarten

Sometimes parents want to know what they can do to help their child build the skills they’ll need in kindergarten.  This list includes some of the common items found on kindergarten checklists.  Before kindergarten, a child should be able to:

Nurturing the Parent Child Connection

The most important ingredient for child development is warm, loving, responsive care.  Show your children lots of warmth and affection.  Listen and respond to your child in a nurturing way.  Even a few minutes of quality time each day makes a difference.

School Success

Encouraging learning at home

While school provides formal learning, kids also need informal learning.  From the moment they are born, you are your child's first and most important teacher.  Whether talking, reading, or playing with your child, you are both helping them learn and, ideally, instilling in them, a love for learning. 

Talk: Early and Often

In the first three years of life, one of the strongest predictors of later reading ability is the amount of one-to-one conversation between the caregiver and the baby.

At first it might seem unfamiliar or even silly to be talking to a newborn baby.  But, research shows that talking to babies and young children can have a major effect on the development of their language skills. 

Getting Ready for School

The ideal age for screening is between 3 and 4 years old.

Minnesota law requires all preschool age children receive a free screening before entering kindergarten.  Screenings are done by nurses or teachers in your school district.  Your child will be asked to do things that help the screener assess their ability to talk, think, use their fingers, and use their arms and legs.  They will also be measured, weighed and have their hearing and eyesight tested.