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Childcare, Early Education, Health and Safety Resource

Childcare and Early Education Health and Safety Resource
Most parents want to create the best life for their children as possible. A wealth of information exists about early childhood education, health and safety. So much that first-time parents may find the amount of information daunting. However, particular internet resources provided by the U.S. government and child advocacy groups provide up-to-date, comprehensive information that provides the basics, as well as links to specific questions parents may have.


Early childhood education
Researchers continue to find links to early childhood education and later academic success. Reading to children from an early age has been found to encourage children to read and read better than children whose parents do not read to them regularly. A lot of debate is underway about whether to hold a child born in the late summer back a year to improve her educational experience. Parents may sometimes feel as if they are receiving mixed messages about early childhood education. The U.S. Department of Education publishes a booklet available by mail or PDF called “Helping Your Pre-School Child”. The publication gives an overview of early childhood education and how parents can help ready their young children for school. Other resources for parents  are available as well. Playing is a large part of early childhood education. Letting children play alone or with others gives them tools that they can use in the classroom and helps them to continue to grow developmentally. Several  recent studies  can provide parents with information about how play helps their child and how they can help. The U.S. Department of Education’s Head Start program offers a wealth of information on a variety of topics for parents, ranging from tips for a PDR guide or children with special needs.

Keeping young children healthy is a concern for most parents, and both good physical and mental health plays into how well a child will adapt to the transition to school. The American Academy of Pediatricians provide extensive information for parents, including a wealth of data on vaccines, illnesses, and injuries. For a list of basic information on a vast array of topics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide a Parent ABC’s , which discuss health, education and safety information every parent needs to know. A holistic group of topics ranging from sleep to dental care is available from the Nemours Foundation. Perhaps the most extensive health resource is available from the CDC’s  parent information section. Moms and dads can review statistics and articles either by the child’s age beginning at pregnancy through the teen years or alphabetically by topic. One aspect of early childhood health that parents may not be familiar with is mental health . The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families provides information that can help a child develop properly emotionally and prevent mental illness. Videos, podcasts and written materials are available to help parents understand their children’s emotional needs based on their age.
Safety in early childhood
Keeping young children safe is an important part of parenting, beginning with baby-proofing a home to prevent  accidental poisoning , including proper use of safety seats, is important as well.  Injuries are the number one killer  of children younger than age 19.
Information is available to keep a child safe based on his age group. Babies and toddlers are at risk for dangers associated with too much  sun exposure.