First 2000 Days
There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when that child shows up for the first day of kindergarten. Experiences during these 2,000 days have a lasting impact on later learning, health and success. That is because children’s earliest experiences literally determine how their brains are wired; lay the groundwork for future health; and form the foundation of the social and emotional skills needed for academic and workplace success.
With quality early childhood education, children will be school ready; have higher graduation rates and grow into productive citizens and valuable employees. See what people from North Carolina are doing in the First 2000 Days.
Kitchen Kids: Nutrition Resources and Information
Nutrition is an important part of education. Teaching our children about good nutrition from an early age will help them to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid growing health concerns associated with a poor diet. To help teachers and educators capture the attention of their students, the Kitchen Kids website has lesson plans, classroom resources, and kids-friendly activities to jumpstart the conversation about healthy living and proper nutrition.
Raising Readers is a national literacy campaign and part of the Ready To Learn initiative, focused on building reading skills at home, at school, in child care, and in the community. New York State’s Ready to Learn Statewide Planning Project has Library Corners in many communities. See the attached list for Raising Readers initiatives in your area. Each Library Corner is equipped with an array of multimedia resources including 26 interactive reading activities and a corresponding DVD.
NYS Family Resources Website
The Council on Children and Families has launched the NYS Family Resources website,
containing a unique collection of resources focusing on contemporary family issues and is designed for parents, professionals, and community leaders - particularly those who serve children and youth.
Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)
CCR&Rs are your local experts on child care and provide parents with many services, including referrals to local child care providers. To find your local CCR&R, visit the Early Care & Learning Council's website to view their CCR&R Directory.
of Day Care & Child Care Providers
Care.com's Child Care
Center Directory uses a zip code based search tool for child care centers, day care centers, and preschools in your local area. In
addition to the Day Care Directory,
Child Care Aware's Child Care Connector also links you to your regional child care options and CCR&R's.
and listening to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
A Place of Our Own website
has a Child Development / Cognitive Devlopment page presenting
tips on talking and
listening to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
Savvy Source for parents
New York City parents: Trying to find
the right preschool for your child? The Savvy Source
for parents is a new fee-based website that rates preschool
programs on everything from storybook reading to kindergarten
placement rates. For a $35 membership fee, the site contains search
maps, in-depth profiles and parent reviews. Visit Savvy
Source at www.savvysource.com
Steps for Young Children
A national initiative developed by faculty in the department
of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, to improve
the quality of preventive health care for infants and chidren.
Healthy Steps provides parent
prompt sheets, parent handouts and quick check sheets on a wide
range of medical, practical and developmental issues - from baby-proofing
the home to coping with toddlers' fears. These materials
are available free of charge at www.healthysteps.org.
is a company that believes success in life starts with being able
to read. They offer a complete set of
early learning lessons for free to low-income families on
their website at www.studydog.com.
Three levels of lessons, in a video game format, are available for
children from pre-k thru the 2nd grade.
Thrive by Five: Teaching
Your Preschooler About Spending and Saving
On-line activities and tips for teaching preschoolers
about money, are available on the Credit Union National
Teaching Our Youngest,
A Guide for Preschool Teachers and Child Care and Family Providers
A 48 page report prepared in 2002 by the Early Childhood-Head
Start Task Force of the U.S. Department of Education, is
available in a PDF download. The report draws from scientifically
based research about what can be done to help children to develop
their language abilities, increase their knowledge, become familiar
with books and other printed materials, learn letters and sounds,
recognize numbers, and learn to count. -download
Back to School Safety
From the National Safety Council & NHTSA, compiled
by the Violence & Injury Prevention Program of Saint
Francis Hospital & Medical Center, are available in
a two-page PDF download. -download
for Play & A Taste For Play
Great suggestions for play activities from the Rochester
Association for the Education of Young Children in PDF
-download Recipes for Play
-download A Taste
for teaching handwriting at home
Handwriting Without Tears, headquartered in Cabin
John, MD, is a developmentally based program taught at a child's
appropriate age level. Parental tips on how to teach handwriting
to young children at home are available in a PDF download here.