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Safe Sleep Practices

Did you know that the leading cause of injury-related death for infants under the age of one is by suffocation or strangulation in an adult bed? Studies have shown that the risk for infant death by suffocation is up to 40 times greater when placed in an adult bed than in a crib. While the unknown causes that contribute to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) cannot be completely prevented, creating a safe sleep environment can … Read more

Safe Sleep Practices for Infants

The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida helps Floridians understand, among other things, “the importance of creating safe sleep environments for infants.” They’re a great resource for ordering materials to give to families, teaching your staff safe child care practices, and finding information on important initiatives like Child Abuse Prevention and Healthy Families.   Babies sleep safest when they are alone, on their backs, in a crib in the parents’ room for the first year … Read more

What Makes a Quality Preschool?

Wondering what a high-quality preschool looks like? Are your teachers: Warm and caring, taking the time to get to know each child and family well? Helping children learn how to play, work together, and make friends? Planning activities so that all children can join in? Including every child’s family, language, and culture in the program? Check out this article from NAEYC to see what areas teachers should focus on in their classroom to help children … Read more

Zero to Three Provides Early Learning Resources for Families & Providers

Zero to Three’s mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. It is their goal to build a community of resources for the families and caregivers of infants and toddlers. From their website: “We play a key role in ensuring that babies and toddlers get a strong start in life by: Supporting parents with practical resources that help them connect more positively, deeply and continuously with their babies Working with policymakers to … Read more