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The folks at Zero to Three have a set of age-based handouts you might be interested in, focusing on development from birth to age 36 months. You can access them online in both English and Spanish. Each one includes a “What to Expect” chart, frequently asked questions, a research summary, and information about common parenting challenges. Enjoy! And let us know in the comments below how you might put these handouts to use in your practice with families.

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

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Self-confidence is one piece of healthy social-emotional development that helps children play well with others and navigate social situations. Young children start to develop self-confidence with the support of nurturing caregivers. There are many ways that parents and caregivers can help their child feel safe, important, and confident. published several tips for families to help grow their child’s self-confidence, which can be found here:


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

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Tips for Talking with Tots about Trauma

mother talking to childThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope after a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers. This excellent resource provides adults with insights about the reactions of children and youth to trauma so we can respond more effectively. It also includes specific examples of what to say and do at various ages to help children cope, such as actively listening and modeling good self-care, using a calm, gentle voice and reminding them that you will take care of them. The article concludes with a directory of contact information for helplines, treatment locators, and other resources. We recommend printing out this useful tool and tucking it in a safe place (like your earthquake kit) for future reference.

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

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colorful feelingsThis useful handout provides tips for creating “predictable, nurturing environment(s),” supporting the development of social skills, and “recognizing and talking about emotions” for three age groups: infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. It also includes suggestions for “encouraging positive behaviors and using positive discipline practices” for toddlers and preschoolers.

The suggestions provided are grounded in the field’s ever-expanding knowledge base regarding “social interaction, emotional awareness, and self-regulation” in early childhood. The handout emphasizes the idea that “research shows . . . a strong social and emotional foundation . . . powerfully impacts children’s later positive attitudes and behaviors, academic performance, career path, and adult health outcomes.” It concludes with several profound statements “from a young child’s perspective” that you might find suitable for framing. Check it out today!

This resource is related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Rec

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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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"Tips for Promoting Social-Emotional Development"

“Tips for Promoting Social-Emotional Development” (2010) from Zero-to-Three explores a handful of important and very simple strategies parents can use to promote healthy social and emotional development in their young children. Observation, affection, compromise, and scaffolding are described in the context of real-life examples of parents and caregivers interacting with infants and toddlers.

Tips for Promoting Social-Emotional Development

This resource also explains how to implement each strategy, such as slowing down and paying close attention to what a child is trying to accomplish, as keys to responding in positive and supportive ways. Also, by using comforting touch, holding, rocking, singing, and talking, caregivers can nurture not only social-emotional well-being but also brain development as the child learns that she is safe and loved. Talking through conflicts, for example between toddlers who are both interested in the same toy, can help children learn to manage big emotion

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The Department of Developmental Services and the WestEd Center for Prevention & Early Intervention are excited to announce the release of the latest parent resources related to the California State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP). The "Take a Minute - Relationships Matter!" flyer and video provide parents of infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities important information about how to develop strong relationships with their children, to improve their child's social and emotional development. The video and flyer are available to anyone in the Early Start community to watch and download. Take a minute to support the social and emotional development of the infant or toddler in YOUR life!

"Take a Minute: Relationships Matter!" video (7:28):


"Take a Minute - Relationships Matter!" Flyer:



These resources are related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM). To find out more, visit these resources in the Neighborhood here and he

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