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Infant Early Learning GPS resources

Below are links to all of the resources included in the Infant GPS. Click here to walk through the GPS.

Your child’s brain

Baby Brain Map (Zero to Three). Choose your child’s age, and the brain will light up with different areas, Choose an area and learn how your child’s brain is developing and tips to support that development.

Brain Development and Lifelong Learning  Short video highlighting leading brain research and impact of quality early learning opportunities. Featuring Dr. Jack Shonkoff, founder of the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University.

Breastfeeding is best (March of Dimes). This short video and web page addresses problems or discomfort when breastfeeding, how to breastfeed, how to use a breast pump, and when to start baby on solid foods.

 Facts about Breastfeeding (American Academy of Pediatrics). Provides tips and answers common questions about breastfeeding.

Kidseatright.org (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). Includes articles, tips, recipes and videos to provide healthy nutrition for your baby.

Eating the right foods for your baby (March of Dimes). Takes a walk through the grocery store to see what’s available and what healthy choices you can make for your baby.

Healthy Minds: Nurturing Your Child’s Healthy Development (Zero to Three). Fact sheets with tips on how you can nurture your child’s brain development (age birth – 3 years). In English and Spanish.

Understanding Pre-Natal Care (March of Dimes). This video gives overview about pre-natal visits you’re your doctor.

Building Blocks for Babies (PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning). includes fun activities for baby that families can do together – based on the PA Early Learning Standards for Infants.

The Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards for Infants and Toddlers (PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning). The Early Learning Standards provide information about what children usually know or are able to do within specific age ranges. The standards can help inform families, teachers and other educational professionals about appropriate expectations for children of different ages. There are also examples of specific ways a child may show adults what he/she knows or is able to do. Also provided are ways families can encourage and support their child in learning.

Your child’s development

Watch Me Grow Checklist (PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning). Brochure with basic skills for children by age group.

Will your child be ready? (Minnesota Early Learning Foundation). This online quiz walks you through the four areas of children’s development to see where your child is meeting typical milestones.

Early Learning Standards Wheel (PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning). Lists the typical development stages of children by age and learning area.

The Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards for Infants and Toddlers (PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning). The Early Learning Standards provide information about what children usually know or are able to do within specific age ranges. The standards can help inform families, teachers and other educational professionals about appropriate expectations for children of different ages. There are also examples of specific ways a child may show adults what he/she knows or is able to do. Also provided are ways families can encourage and support their child in learning.

Text 4 Baby alerts (National Healthy Mothers. Healthy Babies Coalition). You can sign up to receive text messages to your mobile phone with health and safety tips based on your child’s age up to one year old.

The Parenting Counts Developmental Timeline (Talaris Institute) provides a visual timeline of typical developmental stages with research-based information about child’s development from birth to five.

Every Day I Learn through Play! (PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning). Activities you can do to help your child learn and develop using daily routines, every day interactions and Play. This guide provides ideas for learning in many areas of development for infants and toddlers.

Every Day I Learn through Play package includes the activity guide, Building Blocks for Babies and growth chart – you may order online

What to do if you have questions about your child’s development Tips on what to do if you have questions or concerns about your child’s development.

When your child is not with you

Fun activities to help your child grow  Links to family activity guides with activities based on Pennsylvania’s early learning standards. You can download the guides in a PDF or purchase hard copies.

How child care/ early learning programs are regulated in Pennsylvania  Basic information on what agencies regulate different types of child care/ early learning programs in Pennsylvania.

COMPASS (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania). Search for programs in your area and apply online for assistance programs such as child care assistance. You can also find out about any complaints or violations against particular child care programs.

Child Care Works

Keystone STARS  Learn more about Keystone STARS and what to expect at each STAR level. Can also search for STARS programs in your area.

Home Visiting Programs Programs like Nurse-Family Partnership, Early Head Start, and Parent-Child Home Program offer quality early learning services with the family at home at no cost to eligible families.

Choosing a quality child care/early learning program  Links for information on what to look for and programs available in Pennsylvania.

Megan’s Law (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania). Searchable directory of offenders of certain criminal acts in Pennsylvania.

What to look for in a quality child care program (PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning).

Adjusting to child care (Fred Rogers Company) Adjusting to child care can be difficult for both the child and parent. This video and article provides tips for parents and children to adjust to this change.

Top 7 Ways to Save on Household Expenses (About.com). Running a household is an expensive affair, but there are lots of things that you can do to minimize the cost. Here are the top seven.

Help in PA (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania). Search the online database for agencies that can help you. You can find specific information about each agency, including services provided, contact information, and service hours. If you need assistance, please call one of helpline numbers listed on the right of the page.

Find your Child Care Information Services (CCIS) Agency (PA Department of Public Welfare). Find contact information for your local CCIS agency. They can help you sign up for Child Care Works child care assistance and give you a listing of child care programs in your area that will meet your needs.

Ten Simple Rules For When There’s A New Partner In Your Life (PA Family Support Alliance).10 things to think about letting a new partner into your life and balancing your family.

Co-parenting with Your Ex and Making Joint Custody Work (Helpguide.org). With these tips, you can remain calm, stay consistent, and avoid or resolve conflict with your ex and make joint custody work.

You and your child

Creating a secure attachment (Helpguide.org).This 22-minute video shows parents how to create a secure attachment bond with their baby and overcome challenges that make connecting difficult.

Healthy Minds: Nurturing Your Child’s Healthy Development (Zero to Three). Fact sheets on healthy brain development that also focus on building a strong relationship with your child. In English and Spanish.

Sleep Solutions (Disney Family). Quick video with experts on how to help your baby sleep so you can too!

Learning your Baby’s Temperament (Penn State Extension). Understanding your baby’s behavior style and temperament can help you build a stronger bond. This article provides tips on reading your baby’s cues.

Shhh! It’s okay – coping with crying with babies and toddlers (Zero to Three), In this podcast, Dr. Pam High offers insight into one of the most distressing challenges experienced by many new parents—coping with their babies’ fussiness and crying.

The Period of Purple Crying. Includes videos on information on the purple crying phase, how other parents handle it, and ways to talk to neighbors and families about it.

Bring your Life into Balance Toolkit (Helpguide.org).This toolkit uses video, articles, and worksheets to to help you remain emotionally aware in your daily life, even in situations when you’d normally feel stressed or overwhelmed.

Links to Parenting and Family Support Programs (PA Family Support Alliance). Links to affiliate programs with the PA Family Support Alliance

Understanding Shaken Baby Syndrome (National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome). Resources on what shaken baby syndrome is, symptoms, and answers to frequently-asked questions.

Baby’s First Year Community (WebMD). Discussion board for families to post questions regarding their baby’s health.

Parent to Parent Pennsylvania – an organization that links families of children with disabilities or special needs for support and friendship

Everyday Learning Tip Selector (PNC Grow Up Great). Neat online tip selector with ways that you can turn everyday moments into learning opportunities. Broken down by time of day and skill you want to address.

Copycats (Talaris Institute). A 30 second video for parents showing how children will copy everything they do

Ele (Fred Rogers Center) offers tons of videos and activities for children and families to promote development. You can save videos/activities to a playlist for later.

Learning is Everywhere Calendar Provides activities for children from birth through kindergarten that build your baby’s skills in the home and out and about. You can also sign up for monthly alerts with additional activities and book suggestions. Activities based on PA’s Early Learning Standards.

Born Learning (United Way). Website with tips for learning activities at home, traveling, and in public places.

Infant Play (Disney Family). Quick video with pediatrician on why play is important for babies and how you can play with your baby to help their development.

Healthy habits for TV, video games, and the internet (Kids Health). Article and audio with tips on healthy screen time habits – also in Spanish.

Choosing safe baby toys (Kids Health). Article and audio on how to choose safe toys for your baby.

Household Safety checklists (Kids Health). Use these checklists to make a safety check of your home. You should answer “yes” to all of the questions.

Choosing Playthings (The Fred Rogers Company). Video and tips on how children play and how to play with your children

Making the Most of Playtime (The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning). An article that includes a quick checklist of play skills that children develop by age ranges.

Power of Play: Learning Through Play From 0-3 (Zero to Three). A brochure with tips on how to play with your baby. In English and Spanish.

The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Development (Montana State University Extension). Article about the types of play for young children with short guide on how you play with your child.

Be Your Child’s Champion  This guidebook helps you think about how you can communicate on behalf of your child with a child care professional, another family, and a doctor. Includes worksheets to share your thoughts, your conversation, your reflections, and next steps.

KidsDoc Symptom Checker (American Academy of Pediatrics). Hover over the part of the child’s body that has symptoms and click to display list of symptoms

Immunization schedules for babies and children (Centers for Disease Control). Easy to read schedules in English and Spanish.

Vaccines and Your Baby Video Series (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) In this video series, physicians at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia explain how vaccines work and how they are made.

How to care for your child’s teeth (American Academy of Pediatrics). Simple tips on how to care for your baby’s teeth.

How to choose a pediatrician (American Academy of Pediatrics) Information on where to find a board-certified pediatrician and questions to ask as you look for a pediatrician.

Is Your Pediatrician a Good Fit for Your Family? (BabyZone, Disney) short quiz to find out if your baby’s doctor is the right fit for your family

How to talk to your child’s doctor (Kidshealth.org). Article on how to build a good relationship with your child’s doctor. Also in audio.

Well-baby exam: What to expect during routine checkups (Mayo Clinic). A well-baby exam involves measurements, vaccines and an evaluation of your baby’s development. Know the basics of a well-baby exam and how to prepare.

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