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Kindergarten readiness tips: Developing independence

  • school readiness

Arizona kindergarten teachers share tips for how to nurture independence and self-confidence in your young child and help them be prepared for success in…

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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.

Don’t miss ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ February 9 on Arizona PBS

  • child development

The acclaimed documentary tells the story of the gentle force behind “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and his unwavering care and compassion for…

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Chores serve as learning moments for toddlers and preschoolers

  • social-emotional development

For parents and caregivers of toddlers and preschoolers, setting new year goals offers an opportunity to expand children’s learning through everyday chores.

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Quality First helps prepare kids for school success

  • Quality First

More than 1,000 child care and preschool programs in Arizona participate in Quality First, a voluntary program to improve the quality of early learning in ways…

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.

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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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Mister Rogers movie is a reminder of what young children need

  • child development

“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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