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six multicolored concentric rings as sound in original articleTips for Infants

Tips for Toddlers

These information-packed documents from the U.S., Department of Health and Human Services offer “tips to help caregivers use co-regulation to support early development of self-regulation skills” in infants and toddlers. Aimed at practitioners who work in childcare or other caregiving settings, the tips cover evidence-based practices in six broad topics:

  • Start with you;
  • Establish a warm and responsive relationship with each child;
  • Create calm and structured childcare environments;
  • Respond with warmth and structure during stressful moments;
  • Work closely with parents; and
  • Cultivate a sense of community.

These documents also include definitions, real-world examples, and strategies to try right away. Dive in to your appropriate age group and leave us a comment about the piece of information you are most excited to have discovered.

This resource is related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM). To find out

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Social-Emotional Tips for Families

Today's featured resources, Social Emotional Tips for Families with Infants and Social Emotional Tips for Families with Toddlers, come from the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation at Georgetown University. Each set provides five single-sheet posters with five tips per page. Families can hang these colorful resources throughout their home and refer to them during specific daily routines, such as dressing, meal time, play time, resting, and diapering/toileting. The tips included in each set differ according to the child’s age.

These resources mention Early Head Start home visitors, but the strategies are appropriate for many professionals, including Early Start service providers and family resource center staff who facilitate support groups.

Home visitors may want to offer one of the posters to a family as a way to begin and “expand conversations about building connections during daily routines.” The parent and home visitor might then review the tips and talk about th

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