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123 CareToolkit

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

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

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. 

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. 

Have Fun and Learn

In addition to reading, there are lots of other things you can do with your child to encourage learning.  Singing songs, going places, drawing and coloring are fun and help your child learn.

You don’t have to sit down and “teach them”.  Instead, incorporate learning in all your daily activities.  Practice counting skills as you set the table.  Ask your child to point out all the circles, squares, or other shapes they see.  

A Child's First Teacher

Children are born curious and learn constantly.  Their first “teachers” are the adults they spend their time with - parents, caregivers, and other significant adults.  While we don't sit down and "teach" them, children are learning from us all the time. 

When we pick them up when they cry, they learn they can count on us to take care of them.  When we touch their toes and say "toes" they learn what to call those wiggly things. When we teach them to sing the ABC song, we teach them the alphabet. 

Your Child's Early Learning

Recent research on brain development shows the important role early childhood experiences play in setting the stage for the development and future of children.  During the early years, the two most important things children need are supportive relationships and rich learning opportunities, both at home and in the settings where they spend their time.  These building blocks provide a strong foundation for future learning and relationships.