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The blog is a forum for sharing news, opinions and best practices related to maternal and infant health, early child development, healthy families and healthy communities in Delaware.

QT30: PROMOTING LEARNING THROUGH ACTIVITIES

June 27, 2016

Make time for play time- 30 minutes of laughing, moving, and learning. A simple 30 minutes of educational activities does wonders for your growing child. What happens to a sponge placed in water? It grows. Just like the sponge, the mind of a child is constantly growing and absorbing all that it can from the[…..]

HOME VISITING: FATHERS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

June 27, 2016

The first few years of a child’s life is a critical period for healthy development; that’s why mom AND dad are equally important during this time.  One benefit home visiting provides to families is help involving fathers in the parenting process from day one. Home visiting supports dads (or a father-like figure in the child’s[…..]

HELP ME GROW: HAVE PARENTING QUESTIONS? GET ANSWERS!

June 20, 2016

Parents, it is okay to have tons of questions. We’re sure you are experiencing information overload. Your cousin may give you advice that goes against what your grandparents suggest. You trust your family, but how do you know what information is reliable? Delawarean parents have a contact line to call. It’s called Help Me Grow.[…..]

THE IMPORTANCE OF DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING FOR CHILDREN

June 13, 2016

When should my baby start talking? Is it okay if my little one isn’t walking by a year old? You have probably had many questions about your child’s growth and development, or you soon will have questions like these. Making sure your baby is on track to develop into a healthy, happy child is easier[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: HOW TO CO-SLEEP WITH YOUR BABY WITHOUT BED-SHARING

June 3, 2016

Are you on the fence about whether or not you should bed-share with your baby? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the safest place for your baby to sleep is in the same room with you, but not in the same bed. In 2014, a study was published in the journal Pediatrics that[…..]