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

Ease young kids into Halloween for a smooth experience

  • social-emotional development

To have a smooth and safe holiday for young children, parents and caregivers should be on the lookout for fears and anxieties.

Connecting with your baby’s emotions

  • child development

Babies feel safe and secure when they trust their parents to respond to their needs and soothe their emotions when they feel distressed. With that confidence,…

early vision screening can help correct problems

Keep an eye on your child’s vision

  • health and developmental screenings

Young kids learn through their senses, and any problems with your child’s vision health are easier to correct with early treatment.

Parenting FAQ: How do I handle my child’s behavior?

  • positive parenting

Dealing with your child’s behaviors can be frustrating. Understanding the big emotions behind them can help.

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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.

compilation of Father's Day cards

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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