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Resources for Families

A little knowledge can go a long way. We want to ensure that your family has a variety of tools and resources readily available to help your child succeed with their early education providers and beyond! Below are initiatives spearheaded by the ELC, community partners, state programs, and more. 

ANYTIME IS 3Ts TIME – A CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

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.

Downloads

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.

Mealtime

IMAGE: Start healthy mealtime rituals.

Hygiene

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.

TB5 Connects Pinellas

No one said raising children is easy. Many times, it takes a village. Thrive by Five and diverse sectors and players in our community are working together to ensure that families have equitable access to the resources needed to ready their children for kindergarten. 

TB5 Connects, a new and free resource, helps Pinellas families with young children access various programs and resources to ensure that their children thrive! Families who complete the short questionnaire receive a customized list of available services to meet their unique needs. 

CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CHECKLIST 

Ten check-ups can make a world of difference. During the first two years of your child’s life, it’s important to take your little one to the pediatrician for regular check-ups. To help you know what you should be looking for around each of these check-ups, we’ve put together a milestone checklist.
 

External 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 [ReadingRockets.org]  

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.