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Mister Rogers movie is a reminder of what young children need

“One word, ‘connection,’ captures what is happening inside and what is needed from the outside for a young child’s brain.” Read our…

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Keep your family safe around fireworks on the 4th of July

If you plan to be around fireworks this 4th of July, make sure to follow these tips to keep your kids as safe as possible.

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Expert advice on shopping with a toddler: ‘They’re not trying to be naughty.’

For busy parents, a routine trip to the grocery store can be a challenge. Make things less stressful and more positive for you and your little one.

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When reading to toddlers, books with pictures are ‘just right’

New research shows that reading a story book with pictures sparks more brain activity in kids than watching a cartoon or reading a book without pictures.

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Podcast: Kindergarten Readiness is Life Readiness

Being ready for school is about developing the foundations for language, social skills, persistence, curiosity and more. And it starts from birth.

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Early focus on social-emotional skills helps in many ways

New research from Harvard highlights that early brain development is interconnected. Social-emotional, language and physical skills all build on each other.

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Parents Playbook: Dad, mom in top plays with speedy freshman

Check out the video highlights! Play is one of the best things you can do to support your child’s development and learning.

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A parent’s guide to planning for kindergarten

From the parent of an almost-first grader, here are some things to check out ahead of time, before your child’s big day.

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Use summer to prepare for kindergarten success

The first day of kindergarten is a big step for young kids. Families can use the summer to help make the transition to kindergarten easier.

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