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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.

HELP ME GROW: Benefits of Unstructured Playtime

November 14, 2018

  Playtime. It is the source of laughter, excitement and good old fun. Yet, playtime is more than that. It is an important time for your growing child. Unstructured playtime gives your child the chance to learn through play. Every day your baby will learn something new. Playtime is the perfect time for them to[…..]

HELP ME GROW: ADHD awareness month

October 29, 2017

Learning that your child has ADHD, or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, can seem scary. As long as you have the right resources, there is no doubt that your child can live a healthy life with ADHD. So, what is it? According to Kids Health, ADHD is a behavioral disorder that affects at least 10% of school-age[…..]

Help Me Grow: I Want to Improve My Child’s Literacy Skills

May 30, 2017

You are your baby’s first teacher. Every day, your baby is watching your movements. They are watching what you do and copying it. You smile. They smile. Your baby is growing with your support. Everyday interactions help shape a smart child. Early introduction to language helps build reading and writing skills important for a successful[…..]

QT30: Colorific Fun for Five-Year-Olds!

May 18, 2017

The first five years of a child’s life have a huge impact on their future successes and well-being. Children’s experiences during their first years help shape their life later on. What your child learns during their first years depends on what you teach them as you are their first ever teacher. These lessons don’t have[…..]

Home Visiting: Special Resources

HOME VISITING: A Special Resource for Mother, Family and Baby

February 5, 2017

If you are pregnant, know that it is alright to ask for support. Becoming a parent can be a rewarding experience as well as an overwhelming one. Home Visiting is a program that can help you learn effective parenting techniques and practices for your child to thrive. Your home visitor will provide an educational experience[…..]

FROZEN FUN: Wintertime Outdoor Activities!

December 5, 2016

Do you spend at least 30 minutes of quality time with your kids a day? Focus on the quality of the time you spend with your kids. Not the quantity! Designate 30 minutes each day to spending quality time with your little ones. Your full attention should be on them! Give the gift of quality[…..]

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[…..]

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.[…..]

WHY NURSE-FAMILY PARTNERSHIP BABIES PERFROM BETTER IN SCHOOL

February 18, 2016

What happens when first-time mothers like Sinai Herrera receive guidance and encouragement from a support system to spend ample time with their little one? That child’s cognitive development and school readiness improves. When you take the time to teach children from day one, you support them to have a healthy development. For new mothers of[…..]

18-month Milestones

June 3, 2014

  As hard it is to believe, your baby is not a baby anymore. At 18-months, your child is officially a toddler! Congratulations on this milestone and get  ready to keep up with your toddler. Their high energy and language development is going to keep you busy. This is an exciting time for you and[…..]