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Sesame Street's the Count and Elmo for the US Census

Making your family count

  • AZ communities

This year, the Census Bureau is asking Arizona families to complete their 2020 Census forms online, by phone or traditional mail-in form starting March 12.

early vision screening can help correct problems

Keep an eye on your child’s vision

  • health & nutrition

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

parents with toddlers

Make the most of their early years

  • parenting

Your child’s first five years will have a big impact on their future. Learn how you can help them develop and grow.

Dad reading book to young daugher

Preparing for the first day of kindergarten starts now

  • early learning

If you have a preschooler who will be entering kindergarten next school year, it’s not too early to start getting them ready.

are children born with kindness or does it need be learned?

Are children born with kindness?

  • baby proof

Most parents want their child to be kind and caring. But are babies born with kindness or does it need to be learned? VIDEO

Best Gifts 2019

Our interactive guide to the best toys and gifts for your baby, toddler or preschooler

    Young kids don’t need fancy toys or electronic gadgets. Simple toys and household objects are great for what they need most: quality play time with you.

    Family on couch smiling

    Encouraging young kids to consider the needs and feelings of others

    • parenting

    FTF encourages parents to start planting the seeds of service early with toddlers and preschoolers by involving them in family volunteering.

    woman with puppet playing with toddler boy

    Raising a bilingual baby

    • early learning

    Many parents cite positive research that says a second language aids brain development as a reason to raise a bilingual child.

    Father and daughter stacking boxes as towers

    Use household objects as toys for young kids

    • parenting

    To encourage imaginative play at home, parents and caregivers only have to look around the house to keep little ones entertained and learning.

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