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Programs and services especially for parents and caregivers. Tips on reading to children, vocabulary building, and some helpful websites to visit.


Tips to work with your child to build a strong vocabulary and other language skills. Things to do before, during and after reading a book to your child.Reading and writing go hand in hand. Help your child with writing by providing opportunities to practice writing skills.
This Web site was created to provide FREE, objective, accurate early care, health, and education information for families in Iowa. Browse our database for great resources or take a look at the Early Childhood A to Z section for topics such as child care, health and safety, child development, learning to read and write, parenting, pregnancy, and many others.This non-profit trade organization is dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of childrens books. The CBC also sponsors Young Peoples Poetry Week and Childrens Book Week each year.A collection of hands-on science and math activities, created by staff from science museums around the country, this website is a resource for educators, homeschoolers, parents, and anyone looking to teach school-aged children about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) using interactive, non-classroom methods.Sparky the Fire Dog is web site created by the National Fire Prevention Association that promotes the message of fire safety for young children. There are cartoons, games, downloadable materials, and simple interactive activities that reinforce the site's main message.
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