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Little Kids, Big Questions
is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

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New Parenting App - Let’s Play! is a free parenting app from ZERO TO THREE with fun activities, organized by age and routine, for parents to use to support their young child’s early learning - Download from iTunes or Google Play Store

PodcastCreating Healthy Connections: Nurturing Brain Development From Birth to Three-In this podcast, Dr. Alison Gopnik vividly describes compelling recent research studies that show very young children’s brains develop and what this research means for parents. Learn More

Power of Play: Learning Through Play From 0-3 - This brochure explores how play supports all areas of children’s development. Also included are age-based suggestions for playtime from birth to three. Read More

Development of Play Skills - This set of four resources describe the development of play skills from birth to three and suggest toys and activities appropriate for each age. Read More

On the Move: The Power of Movement in Your Child's First Three Years - This booklet shows how young children develop skills through active play. Read More

Tips on Playing with Babies and Toddlers - As a parent, you are your child's very first and favorite playmate. This resource offers specific activities that support all areas of your child’s early development. Read More

Playing with Babies - Many parents wonders how to play with young babies. This resource describes ways to play with babies from birth and the kinds of activities they may enjoy most. Read More

A Year of Play - This resource offers suggestions for fun activities to do with your baby or toddler based on themes related to the time and season of the year. Read More

Tips for Choosing Toys for Toddlers - This resource provides guidance for choosing toys that are not only fun for your child, but will capture his or her interest for months (not minutes)! Read More

Make the Most of Playtime - Playtime is not only fun, it is critical for a child’s development. This resource provides tips on how to make playtime both a chance to have fun with your child and a rich learning opportunity. Read More

Baby and Toddler Playtime Ideas – This resource offers ideas for fun playtime activities to do with babies and toddlers. 

Birth to 12 months

12 to 24 months

24 to 36 months

Help Your Child Learn Through Play – View this slideshow to learn more about how and what babies and toddlers learn through play. Read More

Birth to 12 Months: Becoming Aware – View this slideshow to see what types of play captures babies’ interest across the first twelve months of life. Read More

12 to 24 Months: Becoming Active Explorers – View this slideshow to learn how young toddlers develop new skills through play and exploration. Read More

24 to 36 Months: Becoming Complex Thinkers – View this slideshow to see how older toddlers use play to develop critical thinking skills and master other important milestones. Read More

Playtime True & False – This slideshow highlights little-known truths and common myths about play in the early years. Read More

How Caregivers Can Nurture Play Skills – Download this resource on how to support early play skills for your child’s caregiver.  Read More

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