Sparking Healthy Connections

As an early childhood provider, you may hear parents wondering how their child is learning and growing at different stages. The Sparks video series is a free resource for parents that blends health, safety, sleep and nutrition topics with practical ways to promote children’s healthy learning and development

These videos were created by a diverse team of physicians and developmental experts from across the country. Each Sparks video goes hand-in-hand with a child’s check-up from birth to age 5 and can help caregivers know what to expect in the next stage of child development. Check out the videos below, and visit the Sparks website for more information. 

Help Families Strengthen Discussions with Providers at Each Primary Care Visit

Browse the Sparks video series below. Each of these 14 videos explores child development milestones, parenting challenges (and tips), as well as strategies for building strong parent-professional partnerships. Professionals can use these videos in well-child visits, or as part of home visits, IECMH appointments, parent education classes, or professional development sessions.

3-5 Day Visit: Nice to Meet You

1 Month Visit: Small Moments, Big Connections

2 Month Visit: Getting to Know Your Baby

4 Month Visit: On A Roll

6 Month Visit: Everything Is New

9 Month Visit: Increasing Independence

12 Month Visit: Stepping Into Toddlerhood

15 Month Visit: Fun & Frustrating

18 Month Visit: Curiosity & Persistence

2 Year Visit: All By Themselves

2 1/2 Year Visit: Out & About

3 Year Visit: Independence & Imagination

4 Year Visit: On Their Way

5 Year Visit: A Great Big World

This project was led by the Mount Sinai Parenting Center in collaboration with ZERO TO THREE and the Brazelton Touchpoints Center with the help of experts across the country. These videos are not for profit and are offered for free to any family or healthcare provider.