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parentz pod family support programs

Podcast: We’re Here for You

  • parenting

Learn about parenting and early childhood programs available in Arizona, at no cost to you, to help you do your best for your baby, toddler or preschooler.

Mother hugging her son as he goes to school

Surviving child care separation anxiety

  • social-emotional development

Leaving your child in someone else’s care may cause separation anxiety, but you and your little one will be okay.

Mother reading to young toddler

You give the gift of early learning

  • parenting

This Mother’s Day, celebrate all of the little, but very important, things you do with your little one. These small moments are starting them on the path…

The first few months with your newborn can be considered the fourth trimester

‘The Fourth Trimester’: Making the transition to parenthood

  • infants

Some experts consider the first few months after the birth of a child as “the fourth trimester,” recognizing that a mother and newborn are still…

Keep kids safe from danger of hot cars

Keep children safe from the danger of hot cars

  • safety

As temperatures in Arizona heat up, it’s important to understand the lethal danger of leaving a child inside a locked car.

quality talk beats quantity of words

For language development, quality talk beats quantity of words

  • language

A recent study shows that the number of back-and-forth conversations you have with your young child is more important for brain development and language skills…

caregiver talks with baby while feeding

Need quality child care for your infant?

  • infants

There are quality child care programs in communities across Arizona, and there are things you can look for and ask about to help you feel more confident in…

Sharing books with young children

Children’s books open a world of words and ideas

  • early literacy

Librarian Wendy Resnik shares how bonding with books helps spark your child’s curiosity and introduces them to new words.

Quality First provides resources to help Arizona families find quality child care

Tools to help you choose quality child care programs

  • child care

The new QualityFirstAZ.com offers tools and information to help you find an early learning program that’s right for your family.

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