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Healthy Eating Guides: At the Grocery Store

Do you want to learn how to promote good nutrition and healthy eating at home? Check out these healthy eating guides from Nationwide Children's Hospital.
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Art Activities that Encourage Social-Emotional Development

Children naturally explore social-emotional skills during play, and creative art activities are a great way to introduce your child to new topics in a playful way. Learn more.
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Mindfulness for Children

Mindfulness techniques help children and adults to practice self-control, compassion, kindness, and emotional regulation. Learn more.

Respecting Your Child’s Boundaries

Every person has their own preferences when it comes to physical touch, and that includes young children. Learn more.
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Child Wellness Brochures, Fred Rogers Center

The Fred Rogers Center created free, downloadable child wellness brochures to support children and caregivers on a variety of topics related to child wellness. Learn more.
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Family Resources of Pennsylvania Parenting Warmline

Are you in need of parenting support? The Family Resources of Pennsylvania Parenting Warmline is here to help. Learn more. 

Self-Care: Resources for Families

While it can seem impossible to juggle both your needs and the everyday needs of your family, make sure to prioritize your well-being during this challenging time. This will not only benefit your health and well-being but will also benefit…

Social-Emotional Development: Family Resources

Social-emotional skills play an important role in the lives of parents, caregivers, and children. To access resources for support, read this post!

Emergency Reference Guide for Babysitters, American Red Cross

The American Red Cross’ Emergency Reference Guide for Babysitters is an easy-to-carry, compact booklet that provides step-by-step instructions to handle common emergencies.
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Creating a Safe Sleep Environment for Children

Infants and toddlers spend a large portion of their time sleeping. Keep their sleeping environment safe by following safe sleep practices.
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Car Seat Safety for Children

Choosing the right car seat, using it correctly, and following safety practices are vital to keeping your children safe when traveling.
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Safe Interactions Between Pets, Animals, and Young Children

Take steps to ensure that animals and children can coexist safely.

Teaching Young Children About Interacting with Strangers

Teaching “stranger danger” can actually be more harmful for children in certain situations because they might avoid asking someone they don’t know for help if they are in trouble. Instead, take steps to teach children how to identify and respond…
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Creating Safe Environments for Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children

As a parent or caregiver, it’s important to continuously take steps to eliminate hazards and create safe spaces for children in the home and out of the home with childproofing, but remember that it doesn’t eliminate the need for supervision.
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Discussing Emergencies with Young Children in a Non-Threatening Way

Children’s abilities to cope with stressful or frightening situations improve when they know more about what is happening. There are non-threatening ways to approach emergency topics while helping children feel empowered.

Safety and Emergencies: Family Resources

Here some resources with information, activities, and tools parents and caregivers can use to keep children safe.
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Summer Safety Brochure, Allegheny County Health Department

The Allegheny County Health Department and Allegheny County Department of Human Services developed a Summer Safety brochure, featuring important information and tips on how families can enjoy summer while staying safe.
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Let’s Get Ready: Planning Together for Emergencies, Sesame Street

Help children remember important information, and create a family emergency kit and plan with Sesame Street’s Let's Get Ready: Planning Together for Emergencies resource. 
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CPR for Infants and Children

CPR can save a child’s life by providing the brain, heart and other organs with life-giving oxygen. Learn how to administer CPR with these resources.
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A Guide for Families: Creating An Emergency Kit

When children and their families prepare for an emergency situation together, children learn the basics of staying safe, and it can make emergencies less stressful because they will feel empowered.

Directory for Emergency and Safety Services

Keep information for emergency and safety services on hand with this printable directory.
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Family Guide for Early Intervention and Inclusion in Allegheny County

Trying Together has created a printable Family Guide for Early Intervention and Inclusion in Allegheny County.
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About the Allegheny Intermediate Unit

View information on connecting with The Allegheny Intermediate Unit for early intervention services in Allegheny County.
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About the Alliance for Infants and Toddlers

View information on connecting with The Alliance for Infants and Toddlers for early intervention services.
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About The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh

View information on connecting with the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh for early intervention services.
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What Parents and Caregivers Should Look for in an Inclusive School

When deciding on a school for a child with special needs, a parent or caregiver may consider these topics to discuss with the school.
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Early Intervention FAQ

Find information related to early intervention in Pennsylvania, including answers to frequently asked questions.
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Tracking Your Child’s Developmental Milestones

Parents and caregivers can access several digital platforms or printable resources to track their child’s developmental milestones.
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When Should a Parent Consider Early Intervention for Their Child?

Parents can view information on whether seeking early intervention services for their child is the right thing to do.
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Early Childhood Inclusion

There are a number of modifications and accommodations that can be made in the classroom to promote inclusion for children with disabilities.
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Talking with Young Children about Disabilities

View information on discussing disabilities and invisible disabilities with young children, classmates, and siblings.
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Family Guide for Navigating Early Intervention Services

Parents should make considerations about their own mental health and support systems as their child navigates early intervention services.
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Video Series: Exceptional Care with a Team Approach to Inclusion

View videos on educational support in the early childhood environment, creating inclusive support teams for children, using ASQ questionnaires, early intervention services, and lesson development.
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What Policies Govern Early Intervention and Inclusion in Pennsylvania?

View a list of policies that govern early intervention and inclusion in Pennsylvania, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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Navigating Difficult Emotions as Caregivers: A Guide for Families

This guide lists strategies parents and caregivers can use to manage difficult emotions. Learn more.

Strategies to Support Social-Emotional Development: A Guide for Families

In this guide, Trying Together explores the meaning of social-emotional development and strategies that caregivers can use to help build their children’s social-emotional toolkits.

Supporting Social-Emotional Development Through Play: A Guide for Families

This guide explores the range of social-emotional skills and activities caregivers can use to support their children’s development.
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Fatherhood Support Programs in Allegheny County

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services offers programs to support fathers, including Fatherhood Programming at Family Support Centers. Learn more. 
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Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series: Part IV

Early intervention (EI) consists of services and supports designed to help families with children who have developmental delays or disabilities. Learn more.
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Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series: Part VI

From infancy through adulthood, social-emotional skills are intertwined with every aspect of our daily lives. Learn more.
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Family Infant Oral Health Televisit, University of Pittsburgh

Are you interested in keeping your child cavity-free during the pandemic? Schedule a free Virtual Oral Health Visit for tips on toothbrushing for young children and getting your child dental care.
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Through the Eyes of a Child, Harvard Medicine

Direct and indirect exposure to racism and discrimination during early childhood can have lifelong impacts on a child's development, physical health, and general wellbeing. Learn more.
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Housing Resources for Families in Allegheny County

If your family is at risk for eviction or homelessness, resources and programs are available to help. View this post for more information.
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Physical Education Vocabulary for Kids

To help your child better understand healthy activities, check out this resource from PlaygroundEquipment.com!
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Child Care Emergency Plan, Child Care Aware of America

To ensure your child’s safety, Child Care Aware recommends that caregivers be proactive by asking their child care provider 10 quick questions. Learn more.
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What Types of Child Care Are Available?

Did you know that there are several types of early childhood education and care programs that you can enroll your child into? Read this post to learn what they are!
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The Science of Early Childhood Development, Center on the Developing Child

Are you interested in learning why early childhood is such an important period of growth? Watch this video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University!
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The Brain Architects Podcast, Center on the Developing Child

The Brain Architects Podcast explores common questions that parents and caregivers have during the early periods of their child's life. Read this post to learn more.
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Childhood Development and Lifelong Health, Center on the Developing Child

Are you interested in learning how early childhood development and environments impact children's lifelong physical and mental health? Check out this resource from the Center on the Developing Child!
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The Lying Down Song, Early Childhood TLC

Looking to get active with your child? Try crab walking, bear crawling, doing the superman, and more by watching this video from Early Childhood TLC.
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Walk It Like An Animal Activity, Early Childhood TLC

Are you looking for a fun physical activity to do with your young child? Watch this video from Early Childhood TLC to jump like a kangaroo, swing like a monkey, walk like a bear, and climb like a sloth!
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Breastfeeding Resources, Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh

Do you have breastfeeding questions? The Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh created digital resources that feature information on Breastfeeding 101, How to Latch Your Baby, and more. Learn more.
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How Racism Can Affect Child Development, Harvard Center

The Harvard Center on the Developing Child created an infographic to explain how racism affects learning, behavior, and lifelong health. Learn more.
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Child Development and Lifelong Health, Harvard Center

Interested in learning how a child's development can impact their lifelong health? Read this resource from the Harvard Center!
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Anti-Racism Resources for Families

Anti-racism work is something that has to be attended to in an ongoing way. To support you in this work, Trying Together compiled resources.
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Remote Learning Resources

Trying Together compiled a list of remote learning resources to support parents and students as they navigate remote learning. 
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Childhood Health Programs

If you are interested in learning about organizations and programs that support the healthy physical development of young children, visit this post!
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Childhood Physical Health: Resources

Looking to learn more? Visit this post to access a list of resources and organizations that highlight information on childhood physical health.
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Play and Physical Activity Guide for Educators & Families, Recess Advocacy Team

Are you interested in learning about play and physical activities for young children? Check out the Recess Advocacy Team's "Play and Physical Activity Resource Guide for Educators & Families."
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Exercise Together with Darnell Campbell

Looking to get your family up and active? Watch this video from Darnell Campbell to learn four exercises your family can do right at home. 
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Supporting Childhood Physical Health: A Guide for Families

Children's healthy development relies on many factors, including nutrition and exercise. To learn how to create a supportive environment, read this post.
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Early Childhood Matters

Because brain development is influenced by many factors, it's important that children have access to resources and early experiences that are proven to support healthy development. Learn more.
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The Head Start Program and Its Benefits

Did you know that Head Start children have more access to health care and have improved physical health throughout their lifetime? Visit this post to learn more!
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Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment

According to the CDC, early childhood development itself is an important determinant of health over a person's lifetime. Read this post to learn more.
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Using Play to Support Children’s Physical Health

Parents and caregivers play a big role in supporting their children's health, and play activities can do just that! Learn more.
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DAP Series: Free Printable Cards

The Developmentally Appropriate Parenting (DAP) Series assists caregivers in creating high-quality learning experiences for their children. Download these printable cards to learn more.
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Child Care and Education Planning Tools

Are you looking to access child care services or plan for your child's early education? Check out this list of tools and resources that can help!
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How to Find, Choose, and Pay for High-Quality Child Care

To learn how to find and pay for high-quality child care, view our family guide. This guide is available in English and Spanish as a printable PDF.
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If Kids Built a City: Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative, Trying Together, and the Grable Foundation

This book imagines what urban life would be like if kids designed the city, and presents real-life examples from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that might be included in those blueprints.
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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: The Songs

Fred Rogers wrote tunes for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood that help children feel accepted and valued. This playlist explores some of those songs.
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Today We Will Play Poster: Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative

This printable PDF serves as a reminder that play skills are an important part of a child's daily life.
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Make the Most of Playtime, CSEFEL

This PDF provides information on the development of play skills for infants and toddlers, and tips for caregivers on incorporating play into daily life.
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Child Developmental Hide and Seek Activity, TELI

On their website, the Early Learning Institute provides instructions for playing “Hide and Seek Pairs” to build visual discrimination and visual memory.
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Activities, Everyday Interactions Matter

Everyday Interactions Matter provides activities for families related to transition time, play, daily routines, and more.
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The Recess Advocacy Team

Experts argue that recess is necessary for a child’s social and academic development, and skipping it as punishment for misbehavior or to accommodate more seat time is a serious mistake.
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Flyer: Recess Advocacy Team

The Recess Advocacy Team flyer includes information about recess practices and policies for Pre-K through sixth grade and is available for download and distribution.
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Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays in English and Spanish, Zero to Three

Singings songs to and with your child not only creates a playful, positive environment, it also teaches children important vocabulary and skills such as rhyming!
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Outdoor Tips from PNC Grow Up Great

Are you looking for playful learning opportunities for your young child? Step outside and go on a learning adventure! View PNC Grow Up Great's resource, "Outside Tips" to learn more!
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Questions for Your Early Learning Provider During COVID-19

Accessing child care during the COVID-19 pandemic can be difficult. Learn what questions to ask to ensure your early learning program is operating safely.
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Questions to Ask Early Learning Professionals

Whether your family is looking for or already accessing care, it's important to ask your child care provider questions.
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice: A Guide for Caregivers of Infants and Toddlers

At the earliest stages of your child’s life, it may seem like they can’t do too much. But that’s not true! Infants and toddlers are always learning and developing.
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Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series: Part II

To assist caregivers in creating safe, supportive early environments for their young children, Trying Together created Part II: Childhood Physical Health of the Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series.
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice: A Guide for Parents

During early childhood, children experience rapid development, learn important skills, and learn more about the world around them. Learn what you can do to support their development.
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Power of Play: Building Skills and Having Fun, Zero to Three

Zero to Three's video explores how play is one of the more important ways to nurture development from infancy.
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Tummy Time: an Important Child Developmental Milestone, TELI

Tummy time helps infants develop head, neck, and should strength, and it prepares them for other developmental milestones.
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Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series: Part I

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP), a practice well-known in the early childhood field, is based on knowledge—not assumptions—of how children learn and develop.
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What is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?

DAP is a practice well-known in the early childhood field, but what exactly is it? Read this post to learn more about DAP, its benefits, and what it looks like in practice.
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Call It Child Care

The term “day care” is common used in conversation, but it doesn’t accurately reflect the work and complexity of early care and education programs. That’s why we call it child care.
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Creating Play Rich Environments: Incorporating DAP at Home

As children’s first teachers, parents and caregivers play a vital role in children’s healthy development. Learn how you can create play rich environments by incorporating DAP at home.
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Early Learning: Myths vs. Facts

There are many misconceptions about early learning, especially when it comes to what early learning looks like. Read this post to access answers to common myths.
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Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series

Developmentally Appropriate Parenting is a family resource series that empowers caregivers to establish high-quality experiences at the earliest stages of their child’s life.
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Support Resources for Families

Information and organizations that can reinforce your search for quality child care, health, financial, housing, and other resources.
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Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series: Part III

We're developing family resource content that will explore how to identify, access, and afford high-quality child care.
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Benefits of High-Quality Child Care

Did you know that high-quality early childhood programs support the lifelong success of young children and their caregivers? Read this post to learn how.
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Affording High-Quality Child Care

Found high-quality child care but wondering how to pay for it? Read this post to learn more about subsidy and supplemental payment programs.
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Series Navigation

The Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series highlights several early childhood topics to support parents and caregivers who are caring for young children. Use the list below to navigate through each series topic:

Learn more about the series.

 

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