This Father’s Day, we’re celebrating dads and the big impact they have in our children’s lives! For the past few years, scientists have been discovering more and more about the positive influence dads can have on their little ones’ development.
Research shows that engaging young children in language-rich interactions such as talking, reading and singing every day can boost their brain and language development. We’ve partnered with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the National Head Start Association and the National Association for Family Child Care to create Strive for 5!, a new national program designed to equip early educators with unique bilingual (English/Spanish) tools and resources to create language-rich environments for young children.
This week we are celebrating mothers and the special bond they share with their babies, which plays an enormous role in children’s early development. Maternal bonds help children build a strong sense of safety and self-esteem, which are vital to healthy social-emotional development.
Did you know that you can talk, read and sing about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with your little ones from the moment they are born? Young children are naturally curious about the world around them and you can help them learn STEM concepts and words–simply by talking about your discoveries together.
Did you know that babies make jokes before they can even talk? They are tiny comedians! Research shows that even babies can try to act goofy and make you laugh. Homor starts early and has many benefits for children's development.
Focusing. Creating. Cooperating. Communicating. These are all important skills children learn when we play with them! Through play, children learn how to problem solve, work together, explore physical movements, overcome challenges, and much more. Play helps children develop critical social-emotional and language skills that will help prepare them for success in school and in life.
During the early years when children begin to learn language and social skills, they’re also learning math through playtime and everyday interactions with their parents and caregivers. Simple, everyday activities like counting toes during bath time or stacking blocks can help children develop early math skills which can have a big impact on school readiness.
We live in a diverse world filled with rich traditions, cultures, stories, and routines. As a parent or caregiver, you can help your child develop an appreciation and respect for others starting at an early age. Research shows that babies as young as 6 months old can notice differences in the ways people look. By helping your child learn about his/her own culture and the cultures of others you can help him/her build a strong sense of identity.