Leading Young Learners
All children deserve to grow up in an environment that encourages learning to their full potential. Our goal is to provide resources for every parent, family and caregiver to help build and support safe and enriched learning environments so that every child has the opportunity for early learning success.
The following list helps link parents, families and caregivers to more information on ways to Get School Ready:
Child and Family WebGuide, Tufts University: This site has five main categories of information: family/parenting, education/learning, typical child development, health/mental health, and resources/recreation. The first four categories contain sites with research-based information. The fifth category, resources/recreation, contains sites with information about specific programs and things to do.
Parent Center: This is an online center for parents of children ages 2-8 this site has wonderful articles on every parenting issue imaginable, developmental milestone information, and online communities of parents that you can connect with.
Parenting Counts: This site offers advice and support for parents and families with children birth to five.
- Benchmarks for Success: This booklet helps provide a developmental timeline to ensure that your child is on track to be school ready by the time she or he enters school.
- Helping Your Preschool Child: (en Español) The US Department of Education produces this pamphlet to help you know what to expect during your child’s first few years and how to teach children at different stages of development.
- Zero to Three: Zero to Three is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
- American Academy of Pediatrics: This site offers a pediatrician referral service, tips for communicating with your pediatriation and information for health and safety.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Find up-to-date health topics and safety information, information is available according to age group.
- Healthy Family Home: (en Español) Grown-ups and kids, use this kit to help improve your home environment and jumpstart healthy habits that will lead to a healthier way of living.
- Healthy Kids, Healthy Care: Healthy Kids, Healthy Care: Parents as Partners in Promoting Healthy and Safe Child Care This site offers information for parents in promoting healthy and safe child care.
- Family Resource Book: (en Español) A guide to fun, learning, and literacy for young children and their families.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children: This site offers links to resources for both parents as well as the early learning professional community.
- Pearson’s Family Education Network: This is one of the best resources for parents, teachers, and kids on the web—this site contains great advice and information for parents and teachers, along with educational games and activities for kids.
- Ten Simple Ways Booklets: This booklet gives tips on simple things you can do with your child to help him or her become school ready (such as reading, exercising on a daily basis, and talking about school).
- The Washington Department of Early Learning: See the department’s resources page for several informational pamphlets concerning child development, cultivating healthy eating habits, and educational materials.
- Get Ready to Read!: This is a program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, it is a great web resource with helpful tips and strategies specifically focused on reluctant or struggling readers.
- Getting School Ready!® Book and Music Suggestions: These books and music CDs were recommended by librarians who are a part of the Early Learning Public Library Partnership. Many of these books and CDs are available at your public library.
- Helping your Child Become a Reader: The US Department of Education produces this pamphlet to help you learn to teach your child to read well and often.
- Jumpstart’s Favorite Books: This pamphlet provides tips for reading with your preschooler and suggestions of books for every occasion.
- Libraries of Washington State: This site helps you access information about your local library.
- PBS Parents: Learn all about how children develop into readers and writers with tailored information for each age group from birth through third grade.
- Scholastic Early Learners: This is a site for parents developed by the publishing company of favorite kid’s characters like Barney and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Here you’ll find expert advice, articles, and lots of activity ideas for your preschooler.
Toys are more than just fun for small children, they also serve as valuable developmental tools. Toys encourage problem solving, mobility, manipulation, exploration, imagination, and relationship building. They help children develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. Children’s toys, materials and manipulatives (i.e. puzzles, blocks, dress-up clothes, crayons, tricycles, etc.) can encourage play that introduces key concepts and basic skills important for early school success. It’s important to choose safe, developmentally appropriate toys and materials that catch your child’s interest and encourage healthy development and early learning.
Below are a few websites to help you learn more about selecting toys for your children.
- Choosing Safe Toys (Kids Health)
- Choosing Safe Baby Products: Toys
- Guide to Childproofing and baby safety (Consumer Reports)
Disclaimer: The Foundation for Early Learning does not endorse the use of products noted on these third-party websites. These links are provided as a resource. All products and services should be examined thoroughly before use.