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Your Preschooler​​<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-bottom-30"><p class="lead">Between ages 3 and 5, your child learns more about getting along with others. Going to preschool and then kindergarten, your child becomes part of a school community.</p></div></section> <div class="row"><div class="col-md-8"><div class="row"><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=3536b478-e226-4b94-80fe-b2d0017a2061"> <div class="card-title">Your Preschooler Ages 3–5</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn how to help your child keep learning and develop social skills.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=70522ab2-cc01-4a89-b4d8-5087ae53bdc4"> <div class="card-title">Guiding Preschoolers</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about setting behavior expectations for preschoolers.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=2f929929-9232-44bb-b059-42a6100e6a49"> <div class="card-title">If Your Child Has a Special Need</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn how to get help for children with disabilities or chronic conditions. </div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=307e12be-5911-4c33-a822-55bf0b737646"> <div class="card-title">Starting Preschool</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Find a preschool that will help your child get ready for kindergarten. </div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=f724963a-e0bf-4d86-ba8b-68b4f1d7eb51"> <div class="card-title">Starting Kindergarten</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn how to enroll your child in school and how you can help her succeed. </div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div><div class="col-md-6">&#160;</div></div></div><div class="col-mid-4"><div class="index-pic"> <a href="/parent-kit" title="Parent Kit"><img src="/publishingimages/parent-kit/section-icons-schoolage.png" class="hidden-sm hidden-xs" alt="" /></a>&#160;</div>&#160;</div> <div class="hidden-sm hidden-xs col-md-8 margin-top-100"><div class="pg-copyright"><div class="col-xs-12 landing copy"> The First Things First Parent Kit was developed in partnership with Health Research for Action/UC Berkeley. © 2016 The Regents of the University of California. Additional video, graphic and other content © 2017 First Things First. All rights reserved. </div></div></div></div> en
Parent Kit​​<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-bottom-30"> <img src="/publishingimages/parent-kit/pk-logo-2.png" class="img-responsive" alt="" /> &#160; </div> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-bottom-30"><p class="lead">From the day a child is born, the care, attention, love and support they experience lays the foundation for their future. This digital Parent Kit is here to help you meet the challenges&#160;of being a parent and do your best in supporting the healthy development of your baby, toddler or preschooler.&#160;You'll find information and resources on child development, health and safety, quality child care and school readiness.</p></div> </section> <div class="row"><div class="col-md-4"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=75ca27c5-7cdf-4432-9459-576dac61b829"> <div class="card-title">Becoming a Parent</div> <img class="img-responsive" src="/parent-kit/PublishingImages/home_BPCard.jpg" alt="" /> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about pregnancy, childbirth and bringing home your new baby.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160; </div></div> </a> </div></div><div class="col-md-4"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=b561dac2-59dd-4467-ada8-02ae84d47c08"> <div class="card-title">Your Infant</div> <img class="img-responsive" src="/parent-kit/PublishingImages/home_InfantCard.png" alt="" /> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn how babies develop and how to care for your baby in the first year.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160; </div></div> </a> </div></div><div class="col-md-4"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=921a8001-72d4-4cff-8bb8-23908d52fd7b"> <div class="card-title">Your Toddler</div> <img class="img-responsive" src="/parent-kit/PublishingImages/home_ToddlerCard.png" alt="" /> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about caring for a child between ages 1 and 3.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160; </div></div> </a> </div></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-4"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=08c83c30-3cff-4699-9f49-041e0e3043a5"> <div class="card-title">Your Preschooler</div> <img class="img-responsive" src="/parent-kit/PublishingImages/home_PSCard.png" alt="" /> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about raising a child between ages 3 and 5.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160; </div></div> </a> </div></div><div class="col-md-4"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=0d8bca9d-2ce9-4002-b64d-d69d61109b61"> <div class="card-title">Your Family's Well-Being</div> <img class="img-responsive" src="/parent-kit/PublishingImages/home_WellCard.png" alt="" /> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about taking care of your family's physical and emotional health. </div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160; </div></div> </a> </div></div></div> <section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-bottom-30"><div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info margin-top-10" style="background-color&#58;#eeeeee;"> First Things First also provides the <a id="parent-kit-learn-more" href="#" data-toggle="modal" data-target="#parent-kit-modal"><strong>Arizona Parent Kit</strong> </a>, free of charge, to parents of all newborns in the state before they leave the hospital or birthing center. </div><hr /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-8"><div class="pg-copyright"><div class="col-xs-12 landing copy"> The First Things First Parent Kit was developed in partnership with Health Research for Action/UC Berkeley. © 2016 The Regents of the University of California. Additional video, graphic and other content © 2017 First Things First. All rights reserved. </div></div></div> <div class="hidden-xs col-md-4">&#160;</div> </section> <div tabindex="-1" class="modal fade" id="parent-kit-modal" role="dialog" aria-labelledby="myModalLabel"><div class="modal-dialog modal-lg" role="document"><div class="modal-content"><div class="modal-header modal-header-primary"> <button class="close clickable" aria-label="Close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span aria-hidden="true">×</span> </button> <div class="modal-title" id="family-modal-header">Arizona Parent Kit</div></div><div class="modal-body"><h2>Arizona Parent Kit</h2><p> First Things First provides the Arizona Parent Kit – free of charge – to parents of all newborns in the state before they leave the hospital or birthing center. It's&#160;also available for checkout at libraries statewide. The Arizona Parent Kit&#160;contains resources to help parents support their child in each phase of their early development, from baby to toddler to preschooler. 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For Parents & Families​​<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"> <img src="/PublishingImages/parents-and-families/header-1.png" class="img-responsive margin-bottom-20" alt="" /> <p class="lead"> There’s no one “right” way to raise a child, and sometimes parenting a baby, toddler or preschooler can be a challenge. You don’t need to be perfect. To help you do the best you can, here’s some information, tools and resources for supporting your child's healthy development and learning.</p></div> <div class="col-xs-12"> <div class="block-grid-v1-info rounded-bottom margin-bottom-10"> <div class="h2 primary-text"> <a href="/parent-kit" title="Parent Kit"><img src="/PublishingImages/parent-kit/parent-kit-logo.png" alt="Parent Kit" style="width&#58;300px;" /></a>&#160;</div><p>Find information and resources on child development, health and safety, quality child care and school readiness.</p></div></div> <div class="col-md-6"><div class="block-grid-v1-info rounded-bottom margin-bottom-10"><div class="h2 primary-text"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=1ab58143-d2c3-43f1-8c48-d0c84f9c3dd6&amp;TermSetId=f55643fd-a0a7-4f57-a4c7-de933bc06d6e&amp;TermId=64debde8-52c3-410b-a3c1-e6f127cc7365" title="Brain Development">Brain Development</a></div><p>Learn why the early years are so important (spoiler alert&#58; 90% of a child’s brain develops by age 5) and the huge impact you can make on their future</p></div></div> <div class="col-md-6"><div class="block-grid-v1-info rounded-bottom margin-bottom-10"><div class="h2 primary-text"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=1ab58143-d2c3-43f1-8c48-d0c84f9c3dd6&amp;TermSetId=f55643fd-a0a7-4f57-a4c7-de933bc06d6e&amp;TermId=4d34ed8d-9dd3-4049-ac7a-be27ec4b1773" title="Ages &amp; Stages">Ages &amp; Stages</a> </div><p>Understand what’s happening at different stages of your child’s growth and what you can do to help nurture their healthy development</p></div></div> <div class="col-md-6"><div class="block-grid-v1-info rounded-bottom margin-bottom-10"><div class="h2 primary-text"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=1ab58143-d2c3-43f1-8c48-d0c84f9c3dd6&amp;TermSetId=f55643fd-a0a7-4f57-a4c7-de933bc06d6e&amp;TermId=2c15a22a-b5be-4276-ba26-3c8cf5ca0d09" title="Child Care &amp; Preschool">Child Care &amp; Preschool</a> </div><p>Use our tools and information to help find a quality early learning program for your infant, toddler or preschooler</p></div></div> <div class="col-md-6"><div class="block-grid-v1-info rounded-bottom margin-bottom-10"><div class="h2 primary-text"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=1ab58143-d2c3-43f1-8c48-d0c84f9c3dd6&amp;TermSetId=f55643fd-a0a7-4f57-a4c7-de933bc06d6e&amp;TermId=c725e66c-3f03-423b-a837-e5c5aa409a23" title="Literacy">Literacy</a> </div><p>Learn how talking and reading with your child is the best thing you can do to help develop the skills they’ll need to read and be successful in school</p></div></div> <div class="col-md-6"><div class="block-grid-v1-info rounded-bottom margin-bottom-10"><div class="h2 primary-text"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=1ab58143-d2c3-43f1-8c48-d0c84f9c3dd6&amp;TermSetId=f55643fd-a0a7-4f57-a4c7-de933bc06d6e&amp;TermId=86507125-ed91-4be3-bcfd-50beed9662ef" title="Birth to 5 Helpline">Birth to 5 Helpline</a> </div><p>Get answers to your questions or concerns through this free service available to all Arizona families with young children</p></div></div> </section>​en
First Things First<section class="row home-first-things"> <div class="col-xs-12 ftf-pagetitle"> <a href="/first-things">First Things</a> </div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-9"> Information and inspiration for parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers and preschoolers </div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-3"> <a href="/first-things" class="nounderline pull-right">MORE FIRST THINGS&#160;&#160;<i class="fa fa-arrow-circle-o-right" aria-hidden="true" style="font-size&#58;1.1em;"></i></a> </div> <div class="col-xs-12" id="first-things-recent">&#160;</div> </section> <section class="row margin-top-80"> <div class="col-xs-12 parentkit"><div class="row"><div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6 col-md-6 pk-home-left"> <img src="/PublishingImages/parent-kit/parent-kit-logo.png" alt="Parent Kit" class="img-responsive pull-right padding-right-40" />&#160; </div><div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6 col-md-6 pk-home-right"><h2>Tips and Resources</h2><p>The First Things First Parent Kit can help you meet the challenges of being a parent and do your best in supporting the healthy development of your baby, toddler or preschooler.</p> <a href="/parent-kit" class="btn btn-parent-kit">Go to the Parent Kit &#160;<i class="fa fa-long-arrow-right" aria-hidden="true"></i></a> </div></div></div> </section> <section class="row home-latest-things margin-top-80"> <div class="col-xs-12 ftf-pagetitle"> <a href="/latest-things">Latest Things</a> </div> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="row"><div class="col-xs-12 col-md-9"> News and happenings about First Things First </div><div class="col-xs-12 col-md-3"> <a href="/latest-things" class="nounderline pull-right">MORE LATEST THINGS&#160;&#160;<i class="fa fa-arrow-circle-o-right" aria-hidden="true" style="font-size&#58;1.1em;"></i></a> </div></div></div> <div class="col-xs-12" id="latest-things-recent">&#160;</div> </section> <section class="row margin-top-60"> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="ftf-pagetitle margin-bottom-20"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=de361703-a50d-4dfe-a03a-5732c4332e25&amp;TermSetId=b27307cc-c07e-4afe-b9a0-c94f4c181e4c&amp;TermId=6aa12241-c2f3-49ea-8b08-63fe8f2433a4">Family Stories</a> </div><div class="horizontal-card"><div class="row"><div class="col-xs-12 hidden-md hidden-lg"> <img src="/publishingimages/family-stories/featured-2.png" class="img-responsive" alt="Quality learning in preschool and at home boosts Grand Canyon kindergartener’s success" /> </div><div class="col-xs-12 hidden-md hidden-lg"><div class="summary-left"><div class="h1">Quality learning in preschool and at home boosts Grand Canyon kindergartener’s success</div><div class="margin-top-30" style="font-size&#58;1.2em;"> When her son, Demitrius, was 3 years old, Kate Maragos felt guilty. 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Your Preschooler Ages 3-5​​ <section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><p class="lead">Children ages 3 to 5 are learning many new skills. They play games, run and climb and start to learn letters and numbers. But they can have a hard time seeing things from someone else’s point of view. Although your child may seem more grown-up now, she still needs your help and guidance.</p></div></section> <section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="pg"><div class="fullwidth"> <img src="/parent-kit/pk-your-preschooler/PublishingImages/Preschooler-3-5-(1).jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" />&#160;</div><h2>Encourage Creativity</h2><ul><li>Make a place for your child to play with chalk, crayons, markers, paints and paper. Choose a place where she can make a mess.</li><li>Tape newspaper or drawing paper to a washable floor.</li><li>Give her washable markers, chalk or big, nontoxic crayons.</li><li>Ask your child to tell you what she is making, and praise her efforts.</li><li>For more craft ideas, visit <a href="http&#58;//www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts" target="_blank">Enchanted Learning</a>.</li></ul><hr class="style1" /></div></div> </section> <section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="pg"><h2>Learning Social Skills</h2><p>During play, children explore new feelings, ideas and skills. They create make-believe stories and games. They are learning how to play with each other, how to relate to adults and how to handle their anger and fears.</p><hr class="style1" /></div></div> </section> <section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="pg"><h2>Your Child’s Fears</h2><p>It is normal for young children to be fearful at times. They may be afraid of strangers or of being away from you. They may be afraid of dogs, loud noises or the dark. They are more likely to be fearful when there is change or stress in their lives. Their fears may cause nightmares. Let your child know that everyone is afraid at times and that you will keep her safe.</p><hr class="style1" /><br> <img src="/publishingimages/parent-kit/Kid-Stress.png" alt="Kid Stress" class="img-responsive" /> <hr class="style1" /> </div></div> </section> <section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="to-do"><h2>Things You Can Do</h2><h3>Help Your Child Be Ready for School<img src="/parent-kit/pk-your-preschooler/PublishingImages/Preschooler-3-5-(2).jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" /></h3><ul><li>Encourage your child’s curiosity. Answer his questions with simple explanations.</li><li>Support his interest in pretend play. Join in when he asks you to.</li><li>Make sure your child has time to play with other children. </li><li>Point out letters in signs, and go through the alphabet together.</li><li>Use blocks, big puzzles and other toys to teach letters and numbers.</li><li>Sing alphabet and counting songs together.</li><li>Use books to talk about difficult topics, like anger or sharing.</li><li>Ask your child’s doctor about <a href="http&#58;//www.reachoutandread.org/" target="_blank">Reach Out and Read Arizona</a>. </li></ul><h3>Let Your Child Learn by Doing </h3><ul><li>Encourage hands-on learning rather than watching TV.</li><li>Include your child in everyday tasks, such as cooking and cleaning.</li><li>Take her to interesting places, such as museums and zoos.</li><li>Help her learn responsibility. For example, she can help pick up her toys, set the table or sort the laundry.</li></ul></div></div> </section>en
Guiding Preschoolers​​<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><p class="lead">It is natural for your preschooler to test your limits. That is how he learns your rules and values. But it is now easier for him to understand and do what you ask. Set a good example by showing that you can disagree without getting angry or impatient. </p></div></section> <section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="pg"><div class="fullwidth"> <img src="/parent-kit/pk-your-preschooler/PublishingImages/Guideing-Preschoolers-1.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" />&#160;</div><h2>Help Your Children Get Along</h2><ul><li>It is natural for children to argue or fight. Give them a chance to work things out. Make sure no one gets hurt.</li><li>Teach your children to share and take turns.</li><li>Children often compete for a parent’s love and attention. Try not to compare your children or favor one child over another.</li><li>Try to spend some time alone with each child, so that each one feels loved and special. </li></ul><hr class="style1" /></div></div> </section> <section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="pg"><h2>Set Reasonable Limits </h2><p>Make sure that your child is able to do what you expect. For example, most 4 year olds can wait quietly, but not for very long. Be consistent in what you expect. Give brief reasons for saying “No.”</p><p>Tell your child clearly what you want her to do. “Remember to say please when you ask for a snack” is better than “Don’t be rude.” Also, criticize the behavior, not the child. “Do not throw the ball in the house. You could break something” is better than “You are always bad!” </p><p>When your child is old enough, make the rules and decide together what will happen if she breaks them. Make sure the consequences are reasonable.</p><hr class="style1" /></div></div> </section> <section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="to-do"><h2>Things You Can Do</h2><h3>Encourage Good Behavior<img src="/parent-kit/pk-your-preschooler/PublishingImages/Guideing-Preschoolers-2.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" /></h3><ul><li>Praise and hug your child for good behavior.</li><li>Set a good example. Make sure you are doing what you want your child to do.</li><li>Help your child express his feelings with words, rather than hitting.</li><li>Teach responsibility in small steps. Start with simple things, like picking up toys.</li></ul><h3>When You Discipline Your Child</h3><ul><li>Talk to your child in a serious but loving voice.</li><li>Explain what behavior is OK and what is not in simple, brief terms. Tell her the reasons why. Say what you will do if she keeps doing it.</li><li>Avoid spanking, hitting and yelling. These things can hurt her physically and emotionally. And they set a bad example.</li><li>If your child keeps repeating a behavior that you have asked her not to do, it may help to talk with her teacher or a counselor.</li><li>If you feel you are losing your temper and may hit your child, you can get help. You can talk to someone who can help you calm down. You do not have to give your name. Contact Childhelp at <a href="http&#58;//www.childhelp.org/hotline/" target="_blank">www.childhelp.org</a> or 1-800-422-4453.</li><li>For more information, contact the <a href="http&#58;//www.swhd.org/programs/health-and-development/birth-to-five-helpline/" target="_blank">Birth to Five Helpline</a>.</li></ul><h3>Know What Your Child Is Watching</h3><ul><li>Many TV programs, music videos and video games contain violence and sexual behavior.</li><li>Programs that show violent or angry actions and words can scare a young child and cause nightmares and aggressive behavior.</li><li>Limit TV and computer time to just 1 to 2 hours a day. Children who spend more than 2 hours in front of a TV or computer are more likely to be obese and have behavior problems.</li><li>For more on guiding your child's use of TV, videos, games and other media, see the <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=944a5ff5-3711-46ae-9ff3-54ed48dd740c">Children and Technology</a> page in this guide.</li></ul></div></div> </section>en
Child Care & Preschool<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><p class="lead"> Choosing a child care setting for your infant, toddler or preschooler is a big decision. 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Birth to Five Helpline<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><p class="lead">Young children don’t come with an instruction manual. You’re going to have questions. There will be times when you can use some advice. Sometimes you just need someone to listen.</p><p>&#160;</p> <figure class="video boxholder"> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"> <iframe src="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/embed/dSMnuak6kfc" frameborder="0"></iframe> &#160;</div> </figure> <p>&#160;</p><h2>Call or Click</h2><p> The Birth to Five Helpline is a free service available to all Arizona families with young children, as well as parents-to-be, with questions or concerns about their infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Call the Helpline to speak with an early childhood specialist, on duty Monday through Friday from 8&#58;00 a.m. to 8&#58;00 p.m. You can also leave a voicemail or submit your question online anytime. </p><p>The Helpline is staffed by early childhood development specialists, registered nurses, disabilities specialists, early literacy specialists and mental health counselors.</p><p>You can ask about anything, including&#58;</p><ul class="ftf-list"><li>Sleep</li><li>Feeding/Eating</li><li>Fussiness</li><li>Tantrums/Challenging Behaviors</li><li>Potty Training</li><li>Child Development</li><li>Health and Nutrition</li><li>Parenting</li></ul><p>Early care and education professionals may also take advantage of this free service.</p><p>The Birth to Five Helpline is operated by Southwest Human Development, Inc., with support from First Things First.</p><p> Call <a>877-705-KIDS (5437)</a> or visit the <a href="https&#58;//www.swhd.org/programs/health-and-development/birth-to-five-helpline/" target="_blank">Birth to Five Helpline</a> website to submit your question online. </p><div class="margin-top-40"> <a href="https&#58;//www.swhd.org/programs/health-and-development/birth-to-five-helpline/" target="_blank"><img src="/publishingimages/early-childhood-matters/birth-to-five-help-line.png" alt="" /></a>&#160;</div></div> </section> en