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Find free early childhood programs across Arizona

  • parenting

Use our new-and-improved search tool to find programs and services available near you.

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Baby Safety: New rule bans some infant sleep products

  • safety

Inclined sleepers are among the dangerous products to be banned. Reminder: babies are safest sleeping alone, on their back, in a crib.

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The Father’s Day gifts you give

  • fatherhood

Don’t worry about finding the perfect gift for dad. Focus on the important gifts that dads give to their young children.

Preparing for birth

Pregnant? Your oral health affects your baby’s health.

  • pregnancy

Just like eating right, taking vitamins and seeing your doctor while you’re pregnant, it’s important to take care of your teeth and gums, too.

Helping young kids cope with traumatic experiences

  • social-emotional development

Having an open dialogue with your child about traumatic experiences is critical to their growth and understanding of the world around them.

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Tips for taking your child to the dentist

  • oral health

Learn some simple ways to make going to the dentist a smoother, more positive experience for you and your child.

Is fluoride good for children’s teeth?

  • oral health

Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter. In toothpaste and drinking water, it makes teeth stronger and prevents tooth decay.

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How to find a dentist for your child in Arizona

  • oral health

Regular dental check-ups help keep your child healthy and smiling. Learn how you can find a dentist for your child whether you have dental insurance or not.

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Positive Parenting: What makes your child unique?

  • positive parenting

Every child is different. Noticing your child’s strengths and skills and uniqueness makes your bond even stronger.

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