Little Actions. Big Impact!

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

from PA Promise in partnership with OCDEL

preK girl with xylophone

Learning is Everywhere

PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)

Help your child learn with everyday activities to do with your child using every day items. Activities are for children birth to Kindergarten. Available in English and Spanish.

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Every Day I Learn Through Play

PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)

Dozens of activites that can engage your child during daily routines such as meals and bathtime are shared through this printable calendar. Activities for infants and toddlers that are linked to PA's learning standards for early childhood.

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Building Blocks for Babies

PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)

Building Blocks for Babies is designed around the key learning areas in Pennsylvania's learning standards for early childhood. It helps build skills in the areas of social, emotional, physical and academic development.

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When I Play, I Learn

PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)

When I Play, I Learn has fun activities using every day items, like a towel, measuring cups, a box, or a blanket. See what activities your child, birth to Kindergarten, can do and what skills they are learning. Then see how you can help! 

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Practice Guides for Parents

Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL)

To be used by parents to provide their infants, toddlers, or preschoolers fun and exciting literacy learning experiences and opportunities.

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Activities to encourage speech and language development

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

This resource provides a list of activity ideas by age that specifically encourage speech and language skills.

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Activity ideas that focus on developing specific skills

PBS Kids

Search activity ideas by category: art, creative thinking and problem solving, math, life skills, music, science and health, social and emotional development, and others.

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What should your child be learning as an infant or toddler?

PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)

Pennsylvania divides Infant-Toddler learning standards into three age levels: birth through 12 months, 9 months - 27 months and 24 months - 36 months. Learn what skills should be taught during the appropriate stages.

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Children's Book Recommendations

Need a good book to read with your child? PA's Promise for Children has lots of book lists with books recommened by families, friends, librarians, teachers and more!

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Engaging STEM Activity Using Plastic Lids

A Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities for preschoolers that's great for vocabulary building, engaging conversations and discovery of new materials.

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From seed to table: Teaching preschoolers about the growing process

An extended activity that takes preschoolers through the growing process, from seed to consumption.

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Helping Children Learn Math Skills

Did you know that babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners can start learning mathematical concepts before they even know what numbers are?  Start your child on a life-long path of math by trying these activities from PA's Promise for Children.

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Early Learning: Talk, Read, and Sing!

U.S. Department of Education

Tip sheets on fostering health social and emotional development for families and early childhood professionals.  There is also a milestones document, a summary of research and a poster about talking about feelings.  All but the poster are also available in Spanish.

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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