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New PA Car Seat Law to Keep Children Safe

PA Promise for Children

Pennsylvania Law requires a child younger than two years of age to be secured in a rear-facing car seat. Find what the law means for your child and how you can get a free car seat check to ensure you child is safe while in a vehicle.

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Which vaccinations should your child have and when?

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Your child will need their first immunization at birth and then several more later. This list shows when each shot is due.

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What to do about your child's first earache or ear infection

Pennsylvania Department of Health

This resource answers questions about how the ear works, what causes earaches, symptoms to watch for and treatments.

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What to do about Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

Pennsylvania Department of Health

This fact sheet discusses causes of pink eye in newborns, symptoms, and how to prevent it from spreading.

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Explore the food groups

USDA

A resource that offers fact sheets about the five food groups, tips on eating healthy and tools to build good habits.

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A home safety guide for parents of newborns

Pennsylvania Department of Health

This home safety guide, called "Baby, I've got my eye on you!" explains the risks at home and prevention strategies.

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Reduce risk of poisoning

American Association of Poison Control Centers

This site offers prevention strategies from poison-proofing the home to protecting against food-borne illness.

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PA Healthy Corner Store Initiative

PA Department of Health

This initiative connects store owners with resources to increase availability of healthy foods in corner stores, and offer consumers fresher, nutritious food options. Find participating PA Healthy Network corner stores near you.

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Sesame Street in Communities

Sesame Street in Communities

A special initiative, called Sesame Street in Communities, offers free materials, including videos, books and games to help parents and caregivers, in turn, help young children cope with traumatic experiences.

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3 Reasons Good Infant Mental Health Matters

Pennsylvania Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health

Infant Mental Health is the optimal social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of children ages 0 to 3, developed by secure and stable relationships with nurturing caregivers. The infographic, 3 Reasons Good Infant Mental Health Matters, from the PA Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health provides information on how brain architecture, body & health, and behaviors & relationships can impact the mental health of infants.

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Bedroom Safety for Children of All Ages

A child’s bedroom can be a multi-purpose room, used for sleeping, quiet time, or play. The bedroom should also be a safe place for your child. Take time to ensure that your child’s safety won’t stop at the bedroom door with these tips from PA's Promise for Children.

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Keeping Your Child’s Food Safe to Eat

You take the time to pack your child healthy lunch or snack for Kindergarten or early learning program, so keep it safe to eat. Use these tips to make sure you child stays healthy and engaged by protecting them from food-borne illness.

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Start a smile early!

It’s never too early to be thinking of your child’s smile—even if teeth have not yet appeared. Taking care of your child’s smile begins at birth.

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Wash the Germs!

Want to make germs disappear? Try this activity with your child from PA's Promise for Children.

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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.

Learn more about these Helplines