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Child Development

What Is Big Body Play and Why Is It Important?

Big body play is the very physical, sometimes bone-jarring play style many children love. It's important for children's learning but many adults don't understand it.

Understanding and Responding to Children Who Bite

Why do young children bite?  Ideas and strategies for responding appropriately to this behavior.

Help Your Preschooler Gain Self-Control

Knowing when and how to control impulses is important for school readiness.

Big Jobs at Home

Big Jobs are jobs you can do with children that will help the whole family. They include setting the table, planting flowers, and tidying up. Learn how Big Jobs can lead to big rewards!

Why This Toy?

Children need plenty of opportunities to play with a variety of good toys and materials. Learn about the value of good toys and what to think about before selecting a toy for your child.

What's Too Scary?

As Halloween approaches adults can watch for children's reactions to potentially scary images and situations

Help Your Child Become a Great Problem Solver

Families can help children develop problem-solving skills by taking advantage of opportunities to talk about solving problems.  Here are some conversation starters.

Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Children come to kindergarten from a wide variety of experiences, so expecting them all to know and be able to do the same things is unrealistic.

Saying Goodbye to Preschool and Hello to Kindergarten

Here are some tips to guide your child through the move from preschool to kindergarten.

Listen, Talk, Answer—Support Your Child’s Learning

Your child comes home every day with stories to tell and questions to ask.  Here are some tips for sharing meaningful conversations to support his learning.