More Resources for Parents and Caretakers

Young children are always learning.

It's important to remember that all early care is also early education.

Parents, family, and other caretakers help lay the foundation for future success in school and in life. Here are some valuable resources for parents, grandparents, extended family, and anyone who helps care for young children:

  • Zero to Three provides information for parents on a range of topics, including resources on positive parenting and a section especially for grandparents and extended family.
  • The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) is a program based in Kensington, MD, that offers affordable online and in-person workshops and classes on a variety positive-parenting topics.
  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has a section on their website devoted to information for families.
  • The parenting website of the American Academy of Pediatrics, HealthyChildren.org, offers a wealth of information, with articles specific to ages and stages (including baby, toddler and preschool), healthy living, family life, and more.
  • Ready at Five offers parent tips to develop young children's skills and abilities to help prepare them to succeed in school.

Sign up for Vroom to receive daily easy-to-use learning tips for children 5 and under. Any adult can use Vroom to help children learn and develop.

Joanne Hurt, Executive Director of Wonders Early Learning and Extended Day, on how Early Care and Education supports workforce development.

The First Three YEARS ARE CRITICAL

Many times, conversations about early education focus on preschool and pre-Kindergarten. However, early education really starts at birth, and the first three years are very important.

Did you know? Young children's brains form 700 to 1,000 new synapses every second.

Zero to Three offers a collection of information on early development and well-being, including how the earliest relationships with caregivers can promote healthy brain development, how young children build social and emotional skills, and ways to support language and literacy development starting from birth.

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University is a great resource for learning more about the science of early childhood.

The Basics are five parenting principles that encompass much of what experts find is important for children from birth to age three. Parents can sign up to receive text messages twice a week with tips to boost their child's learning, matched to the child’s age: Basic Insights Text Message Sign-up

CHECK OUT the Local Library

Local libraries offer many free resources for families, including story times and activities for children of all ages.

Every library has a large collection of children’s books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and audio books. Libraries are also a great place to find parenting books and resources.

For the location and hours of Montgomery County Public Libraries and information on upcoming programs for children and families, click here.

Case Study

Supporting Work-Life Balance for Working Parents

Chevo Consulting, LLC, in Rockville, Maryland, prides itself on providing a supportive, family-friendly culture. As part of its benefits package, this management consulting firm offers a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA).