16 Dec · Lauren Till · No Comments

Gift Ideas

With holidays right around the corner, many parents are on the lookout for what to give their child. You may want to consider limiting the number of gifts to a few, quality items. Many parents use the 4 gift idea of “Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.” Don’t forget …


9 Dec · Lauren Till · No Comments

Building Young Children’s Listening Skills with Music

We all know listening is an important skill in school and as an adult, but parents can start teaching well before a child begins to speak. Here are some ways to help children engage with sounds that will begin to build their listening skills, and ultimately their language skills. Singing lullabies, while cuddling and rocking …


14 Oct · Lauren Till · No Comments

Halloween Crafts

Photo Credit The month of October often brings to mind one thing for children: Halloween! One of the best ways to prepare children for the holiday is by making fun, age-appropriate crafts. As they grow, children are constantly developing many important skills including fine and gross motor skills, language development and even cognition. We have …


16 Sep · Lauren Till · No Comments

National Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity is a major public health problem and has the potential to lead to lifelong issues. It occurs when a child’s body mass index (BMI) is at or above the 95th percentile for children and teens of the same age and …


9 Sep · Lauren Till · No Comments

Bilingual Benefits

Photo Credit “Learning more than one language is an asset to individuals, families, and our entire society. Early childhood teachers can share the benefits of bilingualism with families and their communities, find ways to support children’s home languages, and encourage families to keep their language strong. Developing the child’s home language provides the foundation for …


22 Jul · Lauren Till · No Comments

Getting Ready for School with PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS is a great place to find age-appropriate resources that help kids get ready for school! This website has fun activities for children, parent information on how to help children get ready for school, and classroom-ready digital resources for teachers. There is also a child development tracker, age appropriate activity search, and school readiness …


15 Jul · Lauren Till · No Comments

Preschool Readiness

ZERO TO THREE has some great suggestions about getting ready for preschool. Here are some highlights, follow the link for more details. As you prepare for your child to being preschool, try to keep your efforts low-key. If you make too big a deal out of this milestone, your child may end up being more …


1 Jul · Lauren Till · No Comments

Brandon’s Story: The Impact of Early Intervention

This 2015 Telly Award winning video features Brandon’s mother as she talks about the importance and impact of early intervention on her son’s life and on her family. You’ll also hear from Brandon, who is a teenager and talented musician.


Help Me Grow Alabama

Help Me Grow Alabama is an affiliate of the Help Me Grow National Network and a program of the Alabama Partnership for Children.


Help Me Grow Alabama is funded by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education through the Preschool Development Grant and the Alabama Department of Human Resources.


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