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All the tools you need to help your child learn and grow

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Crying toddler girl

How to help a crying baby

Pennsylvania Department of Health

A brochure that explains how crying is a baby's way of communicating. It also provides information about Shaken Baby Syndrome.

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Understanding behavior: Reading your child's cues from birth to age 2

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

This resource describes how children experience emotions and how they express feelings differently than adults.

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How to understand the meaning of your child's challenging behavior

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children

This resource explains why children might behave a particular way. It also offers strategies for changing some behaviors.

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Teaching your child to identify and express emotions

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

This resource steps through the process for helping your child understand and express their emotions in a positive way.

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Teaching your child to cooperate with requests

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

This resource steps through the process for helping your child learn to follow adult expectations, including performing simple chores.

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How to give clear directions

Tennessee CSEFEL Pyramid Model Partnership

This article explains why children may not follow directions and gives you techniques you can use to make it more likely they will.

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Teaching your child to become independent with daily routines

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

This resource steps through the process for helping your child learn how to do simple daily self-help activities.

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Responding to your child's bite

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

This resource explains why children bite and how to reduce and stop a child's biting.

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Developing social emotional skills and reducing challenging behavior

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children

A number of helpful articles are available on addressing behavior, implementing routines and schedules, teaching social skills, and making life easier when navigating situations such as bedtime, diapering, going to the doctor, holiday activities, and running errands.

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A tool to help you help your child with challenging behavior

Tennessee CSEFEL Pyramid Model Partnership

The Family Routine Guide helps you map out your child's behaviors and examine them to find the right strategies for addressing them. It helps you consider why your child might be acting out and what you can do to prevent the behavior.

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Parenting Young Children

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance

A collection of parenting guides about common challenges including tantrums, stealing, sibling fights, and many more.

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How to use social stories to change behavior

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children

This article explains how stories can be used to teach social skills, teach behavior expectations and reinforce routines.

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Good Digital Parenting: Advice, tips and tools

Family Online Safety Institute

Learn how to navigate the online world with your kids.

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Babies on the Homefront

Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families

Babies on the Homefront provides military and veteran parents ideas for enhancing everyday moments with their baby or toddler. Parents will find lots of material to add to their toolbox of strategies.

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Concerned about your child’s development?

Call Pennsylvania’s CONNECT Helpline at 1-800-692-7288 for information about your child’s development and connecting to Early Intervention services in Pennsylvania.

Call Child Care Works Helpline at 1-877-4-PA-KIDS (1-877-472-5437) for information about finding, paying for and other concerns related to child care.

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