Welcome, parents, caregivers, and family members!
Every parent has questions about how to help their child reach his or her potential. It is important to understand "normal" child development, as well as how your child is unique. If only children came with a manual! Because your child is always changing, asking questions is a necessary and ongoing part of being a parent.
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- Minding Your Baby's Mind: Dr. John Medina Shares His Rules for Raising a Smart and Happy Child
- K-ching! Kindergarten Determines Future Income
- CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
- AAP Healthy Child Care America
- Washington Learning "On the Go" Early Literacy Materials in other languages
- Early Childhood Development Toolkit for Employers
- Healthy Beginnings
- Good Toys for Young Children by Age and Stage
- State Council for Educator Effectiveness
- Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies
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The development of these materials was supported in part by Grant H324M020084 from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, and by funding from Washington Learning Systems.
Language and early literacy activities: Free and Reproducible
Developed by Angela Notari-Syverson, Ph.D, and Judy Challoner, M.S.
Illustrations: Don Syverson
These materials include home and community activities for adults and young children (birth to five) that encourage early language and literacy development. They are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically.
Each of the activities includes an activity description, and hints for making the activity fun and developmentally appropriate. An activity checklist helps parents and caregivers notice their children's skills, and also cues adults to examine and grow their own interactions with children.
The materials are made available by Angela Notari-Syverson and colleagues, and may be copied and distributed as long as they are not sold.
To download materials go to http://www.walearning.com and click on the button that says "Literacy Resources" on the home page. You will need to create a logon account using your email address and a password.
For questions please contact:
Washington Learning Systems
2212 Queen Anne Ave. No. Ste. 726
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 310-7401 FAX (206) 283-9243
Most recently in October 2010, we featured Dr. John Medina, author of Brain Rules for Baby. Please visit the Brain Rules website for more information, chapter summaries and videos. You can also download Practical Tips which are ways to apply the research discussed in Brain Rules for Baby to the real world of parenting.
In April 2010, we featured Dr. Jill Stamm, author of Bright from the Start and Co-Founder of The New Directions Institute. In 2009, we featured Dr. Douglas Clements, a leading authority on early math. His powerpoint can be accessed here.
In 2009, we also featured Dr. Mike Lopez and that powerpoint can be accessed here.
Also remember that if you need live assistance from someone who can help you find child care and other services in your area, access your local resource and referral agency. The link to the “resource and referral” search on this website is the first link on this page, above.
In addition, the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) exists as a special support to families with certain risk factors such as poverty, homelessness, teen parents, or English language learners. Most school districts offer CPP. If you qualify, the program will pay a portion of the cost, and also provides a high level of quality assurance for participating facilities. You will need to call someone at the contact numbers here to help you determine whether your child may be eligible.
For families in the city and county of Denver who have children who will be entering their last year prior to kindergarten , the Denver Preschool Program may be available to you as an additional financial support.
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- Colorado Early Learning Partnership Report
- TRUCE Media and Young Children Action Guide
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- Computers for Infants and Young Children
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- Recovery and Resolution in Infant Mental Health
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- Clayton Learning - School Readiness: Improving Outcomes for Colorado Children
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