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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.

Family, Friend & Neighbor Care

Caring for the children of family, friends or neighbors is incredibly important work. You are providing support that is so critical to helping both children and families thrive. Parents have likely asked you to care for their child because they trust you and because you may share similar beliefs, values and traditions that they feel are important for their child to experience while in child care.

To help you provide the best care possible for the children and families you serve, with generous support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, ZERO TO THREE held focus groups around the country with family, friend and neighbor (FFN) providers to learn about the kinds of resources that would be most useful in your work. Feedback from these groups served as the foundation for this special section of our web site that includes resources designed specifically to meet your needs.  

We hope you find these resources helpful. We will be adding additional content in the next year, and we would be very eager to hear your input, both on this information as well as on topics you would like to see us develop. Click here to tell us what you think.

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Supporting Early Brain Development - Resources on supporting early brain development from birth to 36 months.

Tuning in to Temperament - Provides a set of downloadable resources on temperament especially designed for family, friend, and neighbor child care providers.

Encouraging School Readiness Skills - Resources on encouraging school readiness skills from birth to 36 Months.

Thinking About Healthy Eating From Birth to 3 - Resources on healthy eating from birth to 36 months.

Nurturing Early Play Skills - Resources on nuturing early play skills in infants and toddlers.

Making Good Decisions About Screen Time - Resources on making good decisions about television and the under 3 Crowd.

Discipline and Limit-Setting: Building Self-Control - Resources on discipline and limit-setting from birth to 36 months.

Caregiver-Child Activities - Activities that promote bonding and learning.

Building Strong Relationships With Parents - Tools to help you build strong relationships with parents.

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