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Podcast: Eyes on Learning

  • health and nutrition

Healthy vision is important for a child’s development and learning. But children don’t know what they can’t see.

Block play helps build STEM skills

Not just a theory: Block play builds STEM skills in early childhood

  • play

Did you know that young Albert Einstein spent a lot of time playing with blocks?

high quality early learning programs boost kids social emotional development and later academic achievement

High-quality early childhood programs provide long-lasting benefits for kids

  • early learning

A recent study shows that quality child care and preschool programs boost kids’ social-emotional skills and academic achievement.

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September is Literacy Month, but it’s always time to read and talk with your child

  • early literacy

Reading together and having back-and-forth conversations help young kids develop the skills they’ll need to become good readers.

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Grandparents Day offers opportunity to recognize those grandparents raising grandchildren

  • grandparents

The relationship between a child and a grandparent is a special bond, a relationship that is celebrated nationally on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This…

Car seat safety

New from AAP: ‘Children should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible’

  • safety

The American Academy of Pediatrics now advises that young kids should ride in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible. This will include almost all children…

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Arizona’s young children drowning rate is double the national rate

  • safety

Drownings are a top cause of injury-related death for Arizona children. Consider these tips to keep your child safe around water.

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Podcast: What Looks Like Misbehavior Might Be Stress

  • parenting

Learn how you can recognize the signs of excessive stress and help your little one through the big emotions that come with it.

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Curiosity is key to later school success

  • social-emotional development

Encouraging curiosity in the early years can help your child do better in school.

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