Parenting Resources and Links

All About Young Children

All About Young Children
Parents are a child’s first teacher. Explore information to help understand children’s learning and discover new ways to support a growing child.

Baby Sign Language

Baby Sign Language
Baby sign language is a great way to help you communicate with your pre-verbal baby. Baby sign language helps babies that are ready to communicate, but can’t quite bridge the gap to full speech.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.

Children’s Success Foundation: Nurtured Heart Approach

Children’s Success Foundation: Nurtured Heart Approach
The Nurtured Heart Approach® is a relationship-focused methodology for helping children build their Inner Wealth® and use their intensity in successful ways. It has become a powerful way of awakening the inherent greatness in all children. It has a proven impact on every child, including those who are challenged behaviorally, socially and academically.

Father Talk

FatherTalk
A blog written by a father, for fathers. Ideas, tips, and information for all stages of fatherhood.  

First 5 California Parents' Site

First 5 California Parents' Site
Information regarding brain development, early language development, fine and gross motor skills, healthy nutrition, safety, activity ideas for babies to preschoolers, and much more.

First 5 Parent Guide

First 5 California Parent Guide

What you need to know for your child to grow up healthy and thrive.

Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center

Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center
A national legal resource in support of grandfamilies within and outside the child welfare system.

La Leche League

La Leche League
Helps mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and promotes a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Mind in the Making

Mind in the Making
Developed by Families and Work Institute (FWI), Mind in the Making shares the science of children’s learning.

National Association for the Education of Young Children for Families

National Parent Helpline

National Parent Helpline - Being a parent is a critically important job, 24 hours a day. It’s not always easy. Call the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support from a trained Advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent.

Paid Family Leave

Paid Family Leave
CA is home to one of the country’s few programs that offer workers paid time off when they have a baby, adopt, or foster a new child, or need to take care of a sick family member.  Find out more about this valuable benefit.

Parenting Tip Sheets

Parenting Tip Sheets
Created in English and Spanish; several parenting topics are addressed including, but not limited to, Tantrums, Say What You Mean, The Power of Choice, and Parent Magic.

Raising Happiness Blog

Raising Happiness Blog
Developed by Families and Work Institute (FWI), Through the Greater Good Science Center located at UC Berkeley, the Raising Happiness Blog offers science based tips for more joyful kids and happier parents.

Ready4K

Text messages proven to boost your child's learning

Each week, you will receive fun facts and easy tips to build on the things that you already do with your child -- like getting your child dressed, meal time, and bath time -- to make boosting your child’s learning fast, fun, and easy.

Text 4 Baby

Text 4 Baby
Join the thousands of moms who receive free text messages throughout their pregnancy and their baby’s first year. Receive critical health and safety tips timed to where you are in your pregnancy and timed to your baby’s age up till their first birthday.

TIPS by TEXT

TIPS by TEXT is a text messaging program for parents of preschoolers designed to help them prepare their children for kindergarten. Each week during the school year, parents receive three texts about important kindergarten readiness skills.

Zero to Three Parent Resources

Zero to Three Parent Resources
There is no such thing as a perfect parent. Parenting is an ongoing process of learning who your individual child is and what he needs to thrive. These resources are designed to help parents tune in to what makes children tick and to guide parents in thinking about the best way to meet their child’s individual needs.

Kids Music Station

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Music helps boost language, math and social skills.

Tune into First 5's Pandora station today!

singingwithbabyphotoBabies are born ready to learn. And you already have what it takes to help them!

First 5 California has partnered with Vroom to provide you with over 1,000 fun and free tips and activities to help add learning to mealtime, bath time, bedtime, or anytime!

We know life gets busy, but with these fun activities, backed by science, you can turn everyday moments into brain-building moments!

Get going with Vroom to try over 1,000 brain building activities with your child!

Visit Vroom.org to learn more or get started today!

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Available e-newsletters from our friends at Zero to Three!

Sesame Street in Communities - Care, Cope, Connect

Sesame Street Care Cope Connect imageCare, Cope, Connect - Comforting and Supporting Kids During Community Stress

Whether you’re preparing for the unexpected or recovering from it, your reassurance and comfort hold great power to soothe children even on the scariest, toughest days.

Parents and caregivers like you are the foundations for children’s healthy development. You keep them healthy, provide learning opportunities, and help them face challenges big and small. Sesame Street in Communities is here to support you in that huge and all-important effort.