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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.

Promoting Social-Emotional Development

There’s a lot happening during playtime. Little ones are lifting, dropping, looking, pouring, bouncing, hiding, building, knocking down, and more. Children are busy when they’re playing. And, more than that, they are learning.  Play is the true work of childhood.
 
And when your children have a chance to play with you, they are also learning—that they are loved and important and that they are fun to be around. These social-emotional skills give them the self-confidence they need to build loving and supportive relationships all their lives.

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Tips and Tools - In this section, you will find downloadable resources and brochures that highlight the development of social-emotional skills from birth to three.

Q & A - In this section, you will frequently asked questions about infants, toddlers, and play.

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