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Healthy Development

Top 5 Strategies All Parents Need to Know to Foster Mental Health [presentation] [video]

It is estimated that 1 in 5 children experience mental health challenges. What can you as a parent do support your child’s mental health? Learn five simple strategies that you can incorporate into your family life to encourage mental wellness in your child. Read more ›

Defending the Early Years: Guidance for Supporting Children through COVID-19 [downloadable]

With the sudden disruption of our daily lives in response to the COVID-19pandemic, Defending the Early Years (DEY)  released special guidance and resources to help parents and educators support young children in adjusting and getting the most out of this unfamiliar experience. Read more ›

A Guide to COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development [web resource] [downloadable]

The global response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has changed daily life in many ways for many people.  In this guide, Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child has gathered a number of resources and recommendations to help you through this challenging time. Read more ›

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County COVID-19 Resource Directory [downloadable]

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County has made a resource directory available to families during COVID-19 crisis. It includes food distribution sites, community health center locations, behavioral health services and much more. Read more ›

Is This Normal? Top 5 Things to Know About Your Young Child’s Development

Written by Melanie Hsu, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Early Childhood Program Manager at CHC

Many parents note that one silver lining of these scary and unprecedented times is the opportunity to spend much more time with their children. However, this increased attention can sometimes lead to more worries: is my child delayed? Are they reacting to the anxiety of these times? Or am I just more concerned and sensitive because of my own personal stress? Read more ›

How Will Social Isolation During COVID-19 Affect Our Kids?

Kids are without playmates. Parents are disconnected from other adults who can help them cope. Loneliness may be amplified. There are myriad ways in which our national quarantine could affect kids but little research on it. The National Science Foundation is fast tracking grants to help researchers study these sorts of questions. Read more ›

Why the Preteen Years Are a Critical Period for Brain Development

Aside from experiencing physical changes, preteens also undergo a brain growth spurt much like toddlers. Ron Dahl, who directs the Institute for Human Development at the University of California, Berkeley, argues that adolescence is actually a second opportunity to invest in children because of the enormous brain development during this period. Read more ›

Developing Lifelong Learners [video]

If you’re a parent and want your children to develop into lifelong learners, there are a range of things that you can do. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development created a video series in which NICHD experts provide tips on how to encourage lifelong learning in your children using math, language, and reading skills. Read more ›

9 Tips for Raising More Empathetic Kids

In her book “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World,” educational psychologist and parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba lays out nine ways to raise kids who are more caring, compassionate, and concerned about others. Read more ›

Play to Learn: Structured Play Is Important to Your Child’s Development [downloadable]

Allowing your child to play is a must! A healthy balance between children playing on their own and having structured play with parents is important for early learning and development. Read more ›

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