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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.
Illustrations of adults and children at play while shopping, doing laundry, riding bikes, and more
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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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Raising Readers

Activities, Everyday Interactions Matter

Everyday Interactions Matter provides activities for families related to transition time, play, daily routines, and more.
Raising Readers
Ultimate Play Day

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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Ellmau

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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Mental Health

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.
Mental Health
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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

We're developing family resource content that will explore ways to create and access safe and supportive early environments for your young child.
Children playing beneath a parachute
Baby Mother

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.
Baby Mother
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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.
Babies on carpet and in bouncers.
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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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Girl Reading

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.
Girl Reading
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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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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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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:

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