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Helpful Resources for Families

The Early Learning Coalition (ELC)’s goal is to give families all the tools and resources
available to assist your child so they are able to Thrive by the age of 5 and Beyond.
Here are some
initiatives spearheaded by the ELC, community partners,
and state programs to be an extra resource for families with young children 


10 checkups during a child’s early years can make a difference.

During the first two years of your child’s life, it’s important to take your little one to the pediatrician for regular checkups.

We are here to help!

Download our milestone checklist, below, for important guides on what you should be looking for at each of these checkups.

TB5 Connects Pinellas

Raising children is not easy.  It takes a village.

Thrive by Five merges diverse sectors and leaders in our community to work together to ensure families have equitable access to the resources needed to ready their children for kindergarten.

TB5 Connects is a free resource that helps Pinellas County families with young children access various programs and resources. Families who complete the short questionnaire will receive a customized list of available services to meet their child’s unique needs.  Learn how to get Connected to resources, below!


Tune In, Talk More, Take Turns

Talk and interaction are food for the developing brain.

We all understand how food and sleep support a young child’s physical development. But not everyone knows how important talk and interaction are for brain development.

During the first three years of life, billions and billions of brain connections are made. There’s no other time in life when brain growth is so rapid. What’s driving these connections? Rich early experiences with loving, responsive caregivers.

Research has found that how and how much a parent talks and interacts with their child from birth has a big impact on the child’s success in school and life. How can a parent make the most of their talk and interaction? Use the 3Ts!

Tune In means be in the moment with your child.
Talk More means use a wide variety of words.
Take Turns means engage your child in conversation.

Watch the Introductory Video about
the importance of 3Ts and learn more online, below.


Click below to view a variety of resources provided by the TMW Center.
Come back regularly to see updated and new material!

Diaper change

IMAGE: Talk through diaper changes. 

Bathtime fun

IMAGE: Make bathtime fun for you both.


IMAGE: Start healthy mealtime rituals.


IMAGE: Answer all hygiene questions.

“Anytime is 3Ts Time” is developed by the TMW Center, based off research led by Dr. Dana Suskind. The campaign is funded by the PNC Foundation’s Grow Up Great, an initiative to help prepare children from birth to 5 for success in school and in life.

Trusted Childhood Development Resources

Various organizations address the importance of healthy childhood development, creating tools for families that holistically address the various developmental needs of young children. Explore our lists below to discover new resources!

A Child-Friendly Book about the Coronavirus [California State University] 

Developed with the aim to discuss the complex issues surrounding the Coronavirus, self-quarantine, and social distancing. With colorful illustrations, gentle wording, and advice to parents, this free book is a great way to facilitate a conversation about the coronavirus.  

Home Literacy Checklist []  

Reading Rockets is a resource for early literacy programs and activities. Linked is a checklist to help determine how the current environment at home promotes strong literacy and pre-literacy.  

Toddler Practice Guides for Parents [Center For Early Literacy Learning] 

The Centre for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has a number of different activities and interactive videos for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, to help them follow a story’s narrative.  

Celebrities Reading Children's Books [Storyline Online] 

For moments when there is a lot on the plate and making time to read is difficult, StoryLine comes in handy. Used by teachers in classrooms and nurses in hospitals’ pediatric wards, children across the country watch celebrities read a wide range of classic children's books.


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