Apps

Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children's growing minds. The good news is, the time you have is all you need to be a brain builder. Download the Vroom app, sign up for their newsletter or take a look at their daily activities — Vroom

There are a lot of things to remember when you're pregnant or a new mom. Text4baby makes it easy to get important information, and it's free. Women who text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 receive free text messages three times per week, timed to their due date or their baby's birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby's first birthday. Text4baby sends personalized messages directly to you, and the texts have information you can trust because they are developed by experts from all over the country. There is also an app that provides additional information about baby's development, pregnancy, childcare tips, and more.

Websites

Want age-based information about your child’s development? Want in-depth articles about common child-rearing issues and challenges? Want more ways you can bond with and help your child learn through parent-child play? Sign up for ZERO TO THREE’S newest resource for parents – From Baby to Big Kid.

Birth to Five Watch me Thrive! – learn more about developmental milestones, screenings and identify potential delays and concerns early.

In today’s world, children are spending more time in the care of another adult other than their parents. Early childhood education, whether provided in a center or by a family or friend or neighbor, all have the potential to provide the positive learning experiences for children need so that they may be successful later in life. For more information to help guide your efforts, visit:

To learn more about where your child is developmentally and what typical development looks like, visit Centers for Disease Control, Act Early Campaign to learn more about developmental milestones by age and download their check-lists.

In addition, the Center for Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning has a wealth of resources for parents. These tools for parents are available on their website for free that help parents teach their children to identify and express their emotions, teach them about feelings, how to cooperate, and how to make the most out of playtime among other topics.

For more information on specific emotional wellness topics, like sleep and mental health, grief, or helping your child cope with death, stress, or tragic events, visit, Healthy Children.org, from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Books for Kids and Parents

Children’s Books to Promote Social and Emotional Wellness

Mine! A Backpack Baby Story
by Miriam Cohen
infant to 2 years

Glad Monster, Sad Monster
by Ed Emberley & Anne Miranda
ages infant to 5

No Biting
by Karen Katz
ages infant to 5 years

ABC I like Me
by Nancy Carlson
ages 4 to 6 years

A Rainbow of Friends
by P.K. Hallinan
ages 4 to 8 years

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Day
by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz
4 to 5 years

Click HERE for a more extensive list of books that support children’s social and emotional development.

Books for Parents

Touchpoints: Birth to 3: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development
by T. Berry Brazelton

Conscious Discipline
by Dr. Becky A. Bailey

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen And Listen So Kids Will Talk
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Between Parent and Child
by Haim Ginott

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
by John Gottmant

Parenting with Love and Logic
by Foster Cline, MD and Jim Fay

Soft-Spoken Parenting
by Wallace Goddard

The Whole Brain Child
by Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson