Being a parent of a baby or a toddler can be both fun and hard work. Your baby’s health and safety is the biggest responsibility you’ll face as a parent. From immunizations to doctor visits to treating tummies, learn how to prepare for any aches and pains that lie ahead. These helpful links and images from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focus on children ages zero to three and will help you learn how to give your child a healthy start to life.
When your baby is sick you want answers. Find out what you need to know about common childhood diseases and conditions. The links on this page will help you learn about diseases and conditions that could affect your child. If you don’t find what you are looking for, browse all parent topics or view CDC’s A to Z index for a more detailed list of topics.
You can see a child’s development by how they play, learn, speak, and act. Parents play a critical role in their child’s development. Providing a safe and loving home and spending time together – playing, singing, reading, and even just talking – can make a big difference! Besides tracking your child’s growth and development, you can learn about topics such as developmental disabilities, immunization recommendations, and screening.
Keeping your baby safe is your number one concern. Get expert tips on how to keep your child safe in your home and community. You play an important role in keeping your child safe — no matter how old he or she is. The links below provide information and tools to help protect your baby and toddler from injuries and violence.
Parenting is hard work! But it can also be fun and rewarding. There are many things you can do to help build a safe, stable, and nurturing relationship with your child. This website will help you handle some common parenting challenges, so you can be a more confident parent and enjoy helping your child grow.
The internet provides information on numerous topics of interest to both professionals and parents. The alphabetized list below is just a sample of websites related to the growth and development of young children
2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number connecting people with free information on available community services. When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to your situation and suggests sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia.
American Academy of Pediatrics
This site offers child health information to both parents and professionals. The publications section is particularly helpful to obtain the latest policies and publications regarding children’s health and safety.
Beginning Together was created in collaboration with the California Department of Education, Child Development Division (CDD) and WestEd, Center for Child and Family Studies as an inclusion support to the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC).
The purpose of Beginning Together is to ensure that children with special needs are incorporated, and appropriate inclusive practices are promoted, in the training and technical assistance provided by the existing cadre of CDE/WestEd certified trainers in the PITC. This is accomplished through a “training of trainers” institute, regional outreach activities, revision/development of written materials, support to institute graduates, and support of inclusive practices in other PITC activities, such as the demonstration programs.
Birth to Five: Watch Me Thrive
This resource encourages healthy child development, universal development and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.
Breastfeeding Friendly Early Care Recognition
Are you looking for a child care program that has the Virginia Breastfeeding Friendly Early Care Recognition? Visit this site to see participating child care programs.
Current and emerging preventative and health promotion of infants, children, and families. This site features guidelines for health supervisors; a section for developmental issues and strengths in the infancy period; and related publications.
Building Babies’ Brains Through Play: Mini Parenting Master Class – Center on the Developing Child Harvard University
Did you know that the most important interactions you have with a child can happen through play? By engaging in playful serve and return with a child, you can literally help build stronger connections in the brain. Strong neural connections are the foundation for all of a child’s future learning, behavior, and health. In this Mini Parenting Master Class from UNICEF, Center on the Developing Child Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., explains the importance of serve and return interactions like play—and how easy they are to do, especially through practice!
CDC’s Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers Toolkit
Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers is a free, online resource developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Designed for parents of toddlers and preschoolers, Essentials for Parenting addresses common parenting challenges, like tantrums and whining.
Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation was created through a grant from the Office of Head Start. For mental health consultants, Head Start program administrators, Head Start staff, training/technical assistance providers, and families, this website has a variety of resources related to stress management and relaxation for both parents and caregivers.
Center for Parent Information and Resources
The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.
Child Care Bureau
Information on the Child Care and Development Block Grant, links to other Administration on Children and Families sites and other information within the Department of Health and Human Services, with links to other related child care sites.
Child Care VA Child Growth & Development
Virginia Department of Education Child Care Guidance for Parents lists topics which may be helpful for parents. Topics include child care assistance, health form for school or child care and instructions, and tax credits for parents.
The CIVITAS Child Trauma Programs at Baylor College of Medicine are attacking child maltreatment in several areas. The Family Information section has information on the effects of traumatic events on children and what you can do to fight child abuse. The site also contains some articles in Spanish.
Council for Exceptional Children
This professional organization is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities and the gifted. The Web site offers resources for people working with and advocating for students with special needs.
Department of Health and Human Services – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
An invaluable resource for the latest news on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). You can obtain essential documents regarding child support, child care funds to states, Medicaid resources, and the Welfare Reform Implementation Informational Package. Some of these documents are available in Spanish.
Early Head Start National Resource Center
This site contains a database of all the Early Head Start program sites as well as valuable tips and strategies for trainers and many full text documents on a range of infant/toddler related topics.
EduArt 4 Kids
This website offers various art activities as well as information about child-friendly art in the Art for Kids and blog section.
Ensuring the safety of children in care settings is the most important job of early childhood professionals. This resource, which is available in English and Spanish, can be a helpful tool for families to use as they evaluate and/or communicate with their child’s program about emergency preparedness. Early childhood programs may also find that the publication is a good starting point for self-evaluation of their emergency plans and processes.
This site is a resource for arts and crafts activity ideas for toddlers.
First Things First
Free Information and Resources for New Parents
First Things First recently created a digital Parent Kit to help new parents support the healthy development of their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The virtual resource provides information on child development, health and safety, how to choose high-quality child care, family well-being, and school readiness.
For Our Babies
For Our Babies is a national movement promoting healthy development in U.S. children from conception to age 3. They advocate for the types of environments, experiences, and relationships that infants and toddlers need in order to thrive.
HealthyChildren.org is the only parenting Web site backed by 64,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
Prevention 1st created Homefiredrill.org to encourage all households to maintain a working smoke alarm, create an exit plan, and above all practice your home fire drill twice a year.
While regular fire drills are required at schools and many workplaces, less than 20% of U.S. households have created and practiced a home fire escape plan. Unfortunately, more than 80% of fire fatalities happen at home. A practiced fire escape plan could save many lives.
This website has information about health, behavior, and development from prenatal stages through the childhood years.
The National Parenting Center – TNPC
This site offers parenting resources and advice from experts in the field of child development. Professionals may find useful advice and helpful tips to share with parents.
NAEYC for Families
This site offers reseach-based tips from NAEYC and ideas on children’s learning and development families can trust—and much, much more!
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care
This site has many links to related sites pertaining to child care, child health, special needs, and parenting. You can also find each states child care licensing regulations and the National Guidelines for Out of Home Care Programs – Health and Safety Performance Standards.
Developed by pediatric medical specialists, this site offers information on child health to children, parents, and medical professionals. The parenting section offers information about specific illnesses and parent support groups.
Parents’ Action for Children
This site provides information regarding key issues in child development, parenting questions, expert advice, resources, and a community action campaign.
Resources for Infant Educarers
Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) teaches a unique philosophy and methodology in caring for infants. The teachings of Magda Gerber, incorporating respect, quality time, patience and observation are offered in the form of training classes, books and videos. The site is a resource for parents and professional infant/toddler care teachers.
This brochure, A Parents’ Guide to Safe Sleep, is designed to help parents reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (in English and Spanish).
Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, answers questions about the importance of safe play and sleep (in English and Spanish).
VDOE for Families
Information on these pages includes resources and strategies for early childhood professionals to help provide Virginia’s early learners with high-quality education and experiences. Families may also find these resources helpful.
Virginia Child Care
This website provides easy-to-find child care information and materials created specifically for parents, providers, and the general public. It includes child care licensing rules, the importance of health and safety standards, and the benefits of quality child care in Virginia.
Virginia Quality offers resources and support to parents and early childhood professionals in regards to quality early care and education.
WestEd’s site offers information on all levels of education including the infant/toddler stage. It also has links to more specific content areas such as charter schools, math and science education and standards and assessment.
Zero to Three / National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
A national organization dedicated to advancing the healthy development of infants and toddlers, this site offers cutting-edge research, demonstrated best practices, parenting tips, publications, and conference information.
Tips and suggestions to help parents prepare and care for infants and toddlers in the path of a natural disaster.
Guide to Choosing Safe and Healthy Childcare
A parents’ guide to help make the right choice when looking for child care.
Health and Safety
A guide to vision health for your newborn, infant, and toddler in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
Window covering cords information center
Ultimate car seat guide that includes tips to keep children safe in cars.
Good nutrition is important for young children to help them grow healthy and strong. Follow these tips to help your picky eater try new foods.
Milk tip sheet
Take these steps to help baby sleep safely and reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
This interactive E-handout helps families and providers learn about safe sleep practices.
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) refers to the sudden and unexpected death of an infant younger than one year of age. This infographic goes over the definition of SUID, the racial/ethnic differences in SUID rates, risk factors for SUID and provides resources on reducing SUID and promoting safe sleep.