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
CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CHECKLIST
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!
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.
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!
“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!
PBS Stations in the state will begin airing a new, weekday television schedule of education programs aligned to state standards. Stations will also offer a suite of free digital learning resources accessible from home.
Vroom for [vroom.org]
Vroom believes all parents want what’s best for their children. So we joined with scientists, researchers, and parents to take the science out of the lab and put it in the hands of caregivers. Vroom provides science-based tips and tools to inspire families to turn shared, everyday moments into Brain Building Moments®.
Everyday Activities for Early Development [ZeroToThree.org]
Even with limited resources, there are ways to help your child’s intellectual, physical, and social development. Zero-to-three has easy-to-learn activities for each stage of development that are shown to secure healthy development.
Math is Everywhere Toolkit [Sesame Street]
Printable resources and interactive videos with the Sesame Street characters. This can help overcome creative blocks about how to incorporate math concepts into everyday life at home.
Realistic Daily Schedule During COVID [BusyToddler.com]
Having a schedule to follow can be a source of comfort. While every household has different demands and resources, the people with BusyToddler have put together a guide that can be tailored to fit your needs and abilities. This is also a tremendous source for offline activities.
Talking with Children About Coronavirus [CDC]
Children, regardless of age, are processing everything that is happening. The CDC offers suggestions for how to talk about the Coronavirus in a healthy, productive, and responsible way. PBS also illustrates how such a conversation might happen and provides insight on addressing children’s questions and concerns.
Storymakers enact practices of making, increase literacy proficiency, use materials and inquiry to imagine, play, make, and share their everyday stories.
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
CSEFEL is a five-year project designed to strengthen the capacity of Head Start and child care programs to improve the social and emotional outcomes of young children. Useful pages for parents include:
- Book Nooks: activities connected with children’s books: http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/strategies.html#booknook
- Scripted stories: http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/strategies.html#scriptedstories
- Family Tools: http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/family.html
Conscious Discipline (Article)
"Whew! Let’s step back, take a few deep breaths and learn a little about your child’s brain: Safety is the brain’s most basic need, followed closely by connection. When we feel unsafe or disconnected, our brains downshift from the higher centers responsible for learning and problem solving, to the lower reactionary centers. ..."
Great information and resources for families can be found on the Florida Office of Early Learning (OEL) site. Information is updated regularly - check back continuously for new materials.
- Virtual Supports: http://flbt5.floridaearlylearning.com/docs/Virtualsupports.pdf
- Families Page: http://flbt5.floridaearlylearning.com/families.html
- Family Resources: http://www.floridaearlylearning.com/family-resources
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.
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.
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.
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.