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Information and inspiration for parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers and preschoolers

New law bans inclined infant sleepers and crib bumpers

  • safety

These popular but dangerous products pose a risk to infants who can roll over onto the padded surfaces and suffocate. Families that already have crib bumpers…

caring for yourself helps you care for your children

A message for moms: Self-care isn’t selfish

  • parenting

Try to remember that you don’t have to be perfect, and taking care of yourself helps you take care of your children.

Mom and daughter on slide

Quality time doesn’t have to cost a thing

  • single parent

Read the story of how an unexpected car repair bill led a single mom to realize that time together is the best thing we can give our children.

tips for having back and forth conversations with your baby

Baby, let’s talk! Serve and return

  • language & literacy

Having back-and-forth conversations with your baby, even before they can use words, helps them learn and develop language. It’s easy and fun to do.

Test your knowledge of early childhood

  • child development

The more you know about child development, the better you can meet your child’s needs and help them learn and grow.

Woman holding smiling baby

Parents: Be a voice for young kids and families in your Arizona community

  • AZ communities

P​arents of young children and other volunteers are needed to help impact the early childhood services and programs available in local communities across…

parents with toddlers

Make the most of their early years

  • parenting

Your child’s first five years will have a big impact on their future. Learn how you can help them develop and grow.

Shopping with your child can help them eat better

Tips to get your toddler to try (and eventually like) new foods

  • health & nutrition

Young kids can be reluctant to try new things to eat. Here are some ways to motivate your toddler to take that first bite.

Santa brings joy, but he can also cause stress

  • social-emotional development

For many families, a visit with Santa Claus is a holiday tradition, but it doesn’t always go to plan. Get tips on how to manage your expectations and…

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