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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Children & Families

How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus

Answering Your Young Child's Questions about Coronavirus

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus 

Common Sense Media: Resources for Families 

Dr. Barbara Stroud: COVID-19 Tips for Parents 

New York Times Parenting: Handling Your Kid’s Disappointment When Everything Is Canceled 

Supporting Young Children Isolated Due to Coronavirus 

Discussing Coronavirus with Your Children 

How to address social-emotional aspects related to COVID-19 

More social-emotional resources are available here 

Articles and resources for parents 

*NEW* Navigating the New Normal: Parents Edition

Coronavirus Resources & Tips for Parents, Children & Others from Prevent Child Abuse America

Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus 

Education resources, including mental health, for kids, families during coronavirus pandemic from ACEs Connection

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks SAMHSA 

Guide to Self-Care for Families Together at Home 

California Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief for Caregivers and Kids during COVID-19             Playbook Checklist  

Guía de ayuda para padres y cuidadores para ayudar a las familias a enfrentar la enfermedad Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) 

Three Mindful Practices for Uncertain Times 

How School Closures Can Strengthen Your Family: Here are three ways to cope if your kid's school closes

Child Trends compilation of resources related to kids and families

Parents Need Stress Relief, Too from NY Times

Love in the time of Coronavirus: HOPE-informed thoughts for parents

Coronavirus Sanity Guide 

World Health Organization one-page documents offer parenting tips during COVID-19 related to One-on-One Time, Keeping it Positive, and Structure.  

How to Talk to Your Children about COVID-19

American Academy of Pediatrics COVID-19 information, including how to talk to your children


10 Nature Activities to Help Get Your Family Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Recommended COVID-19 resources relevant to families with preschool and school-aged children

The Creative Mom’s Guide to Learning at Home from ADDITUDE

Coronavirus Resources for Early Childhood Professionals

Resources for children 

COVIBOOK: A short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus from NPR modified for Scarlett Middle School

Children's Book: Wrinkles Doesn't Like Social Distancing; I Don't Blame Him book by Karen Gross

NPR: Coronavirus comic for kids 

Special Needs

Supporting Individuals with Autism Through Uncertain Times Guide and Toolkit

Autism Society COVID-19 toolkits for parents

California School for the Deaf provides online learning and COVID-19 Resources through The CORE Learning Channel

Father Talk

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.


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 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.

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At-Home Learning Resources

Toddler to Pre-K

Vroom Tips – Add learning to mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, or anytime with 1,000+ fun, free activities

Play Activities for 12 to 24 Months

Zero-to-Three At-Home Activity Guide

Growing Book by Book Online Literacy Resources

Hands On As We Grow Indoor Activities for Kids Under 5

Preschool Printables

First 5 California Activity Center

Primary Playground 

Printable Census activity sheets for kids 

Alameda Arts Activities part 1 & part 2 

Ways to get books cheap or free from First Book 

PBS Kids for Parents resources, tips and activities 

Where Imagination Grows arts & crafts activities 

Story Pirates Podcast 

Free stories for children ages 3 and up 

Storyline children’s books read by your favorite celebrities 

24 At-Home Learning Activities for Parents and Young Children 

Learning resources: activity packs, lessons for young learners 


Teach your monster to read: free resources 

Phonicsplay: now free 

Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day! Tip sheets for families and caregivers 

How to Teach Scissor Skills 

Lakeshore Learning 

Encantos Learning Hub 

Cosmic Kids Yoga 

Crayola At-Home Creative Hub 


All Ages

Calaveras County Library

PBS Kids Learn at Home

Scholastic Learn at Home

30 Day Lego Challenge

Scavenger Hunts for Kids - In and around the house

Cheap and Easy Crafts for Kids

Indoor Activities for Kids

At-Home Teaching Resources

At-Home Activities for Parents and Young Children

Story Time From Space

100 Activities to do at Home

Virtual Field Trips

Museum Virtual Tours

GoNoodle® - movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!

Education Activities to do Indoors

Download FREE Books from New York Public Library 

International Children's Digital Library 

Lunch Doodles for Kids with Mo Willems 

Tri County Wildlife Care - Learn How to Love Wildlife 

4-H STEM Lab 

Enchanted Learning 

PBS educational programming information 

PBS Learning Media Video Lessons 

Into the Book reading teaching tools available in English and Spanish 

National Geographic Kids online activities 

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory STEM activities for kids 

Khan Academy lessons for kids ages 2-18 

Highlights online activities for kids 

Sparkle Stories audio stories for kids 

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian Story Podcast 

4 Easy Activities to Support Learning While Your Child is at Home 

Free Mindfulness Class for Kids 

Social Emotional Learning Activities for K-6 

Online Videos and Activities for Kids during COVID-19 

Bedtime math: learning through fun, activities 

Toy Theater – educational games  

Oakland A’s Stomper’s Home Fun Activities 

San Francisco Giants Kids Activities Learning at Home Center 

Mystery Science 

America’s Test Kitchen Kids 

Pest World for Kids 

Spanish-Language At-Home Learning Resources

Sesame Street online activities

Sesame Street printable activities

PBS Kids activities in Spanish

Free Spanish-language ebooks for children

Storyplace online ebook library and activities

Brainpop English language learner activities

Commonsense Media Spanish-language resources (scroll to bottom of page)

The Spanish Experiment classic children’s stories told by native Spanish speakers

101 Easy Spanish Activities for Kids Stuck at Home

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!

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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.