Free Communication Toolkit for Parents of Young Children

Read to Baby
Communicating With Baby: Tips and Milestones From Birth to Age 5, is a series of seven handouts that detail communication skills that parents should expect to see in their child by age, plus tips for how to support children’s development. The handouts have been released by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Read Aloud 15 Minutes.

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  1. Unsafe sleep practices are killing babies in Anne Arundel County
  2. Does teething cause a fever?
  3. Dive into swimming with your baby
  4. Tips to ensure beautiful baby teeth
  5. Parting With the Pacifier: Bye Bye, Binky!
  6. Winter tips for bundling baby in the car seat
  7. Study introduces new protocol for infants to help fight peanut allergies
  8. 5 ways to help kids adjust to the time change
  9. Boost driving safety with a car seat check in Maryland
  10. Near tragic birth story leads to annual fundraiser and blood drive
  11. Try out baby carriers at babywearing lending library events
  12. Tips for biking safely with baby in tow
  13. Picking the perfect baby carrier
  14. Baby story times at MD libraries benefit both mom and infant
  15. Do babies with pacifiers end up teens with braces?
  16. Babies in Halloween costumes are the cutest
  17. Tips for weaning your baby
  18. InfantSEE sets sights on early detection of vision problems in babies
  19. Tips to keep your baby safe in the heat this summer
  20. Tips for baby’s first birthday party
  21. Expert tips when choosing a jog stroller
  22. Tips for getting your dog ready for a new baby
  23. How to keep that baby soft skin from chapping this winter
  24. Childcare Fair this weekend in Howard County
  25. Having a happy holiday with a baby in tow
  26. The do’s and don’ts of caring for your infant’s cold
  27. Expert tips for buying the right toys for the kids on your list
  28. Maryland playgroups for moms and babies
  29. The importance of playgroups for Maryland moms
  30. Kennedy Krieger releases free online video tutorial on early autism recognition
  31. Maryland's baby crib bumper pad ban goes into effect today
  32. Donate to Walk the Walk Foundation's diaper drive
  33. Keep kids safe with age-appropriate toys and gifts
  34. Skype sessions now available for car seat installation help in Maryland
  35. Healthy Families America Program Seeks to Reduce Infant Deaths
  36. Preventing Diaper Rash
  37. Baby on Board: Can You Cruise with an Infant?
  38. Good Nap, Sweet Prince
  39. Napping can help preschoolers learn
  40. Finding a good preschool fit
  41. Questions Preschool Directors Wish Parents Would Ask
  42. 10 questions to ask when looking for a preschool
  43. Preschool and child care fair for Anne Arundel County
  44. What kids need to know before preschool
  45. When your child has problems in preschool
  46. Preparing for the preschool transition
  47. Registration for AACPS prekindergarten starts today
  48. Get active for National Preschool Fitness Day
  49. 8 ways to prepare your tot for preschool
  50. How to get your kids ready for success in preschool
  51. Parents recommend preschools in the Baltimore/Annapolis area
  52. Will My Preschooler EVER Be Potty Trained?
  53. Improve Your Preschooler's Vocabulary
  54. Gifts for Children's Birthday Parties
  55. How-To... Spot 10 Signs of a Great Preschool
  56. 9-year-old comic finds success on the streets of Annapolis
  57. Local kid chef wins food network competition
  58. Annapolis third-grader meets challenge to help others
  59. Staying Safe with Kids at the Mall
  60. Winners of Maryland’s ‘If I Were Mayor’ 2014 contest
  61. Eastern Shore youth make up rare team of birders
  62. Made Co. turns children's ideas into reality
  63. Four fun winter break activities
  64. Cabbage Contest Helps Kids Learn to Grow Their Own Food
  65. Help Your Child Handle Worry
  66. Ending the Lunchbox Battles
  67. A New Idea for a Birthday Party: Get Moving!
  68. Birthday Parties At Home
  69. Gifts for Children's Birthday Parties
  70. Six Bright Ideas for Back-to-School
  71. Is Private School for You?
  72. How to... Make the Most from Parent-Teacher Conferences
  73. Birthday Party Prep
  74. Birthday Parties that Give Back
  75. Birthday Party Resources
  76. Making Your Child's Birthday Unique
  77. Surprise Party: A Tween Get Together
  78. Mindful for Maryland State Assessments
  79. How to get the most from Summer Camp Fairs
  80. Negative Words Hurt Children
  81. Things To Do Instead of Watching T.V.
  82. 4 summer jobs fit for tweens
  83. Maryland summer camps and programs for middle schoolers
  84. Help kids keep braces from breaking this Halloween
  85. Local tweens form band and rock the 9:30 Club
  86. Healthy recipe contest for Maryland middle schoolers
  87. New Naval Academy programs for future plebes
  88. Challenge Your Kids To Make A Difference
  89. Is your teenager ready to date?
  90. BFFs or bullies? Navigating the world of cliques
  91. CMM offers Summer Environmental Institute for middle schoolers
  92. Does Your Child Have an Eating Disorder?
  93. Internet Safety Tips For Kids' New Gadgets
  94. True Tales of Middle School: Parents and Experts Tell All
  95. Beyond Betty and Veronica: Girls Embracing Comic Books
  96. Classes that Work
  97. Online Tools Improve College Access
  98. Tips for teens traveling to Beach Week
  99. Arnold teen wins national volunteerism award
  100. Your Teen's Transition From High School to College
Infants and Toddlers

Find a range of ideas for parents of babies and toddlers, including child development, helpful parenting tips, and fun ideas for making the most of your time with your little one.

Find breastfeeding support groups and Maryland moms' clubs and play groups in our Parent Support section.

Preschool

Preschoolers are active, engaged and ready to learn. Check here for news and ideas about preschool child development, helpful parenting tips, and fun ideas for making the most of your time with preschool-age kids, ages 3-5.

Looking for a preschool? Check out our Maryland Preschool and Kindergarten Directory with education programs for early learning in Anne Arundel, Howard, Calvert and Prince George's counties, plus Kent Island areas. Find additional resources for parents in our Parent Support section.

Elementary School

During the elementary school years, big kids can help cook, clean and take care of pets. But family schedules get busy, with homework and after-school activities. Parents also may wonder about possible behavior or learning problems.

Here you'll find all kinds of ideas for parents of elementary age kids, including child development, helpful parenting tips, and fun ideas for parents of elementary-age big kids, 5-10 years.

Also check out our Maryland Private School Directory, Enrichment Activities Directory, Summer Day Camps in Maryland, Overnight Camps and other tips and advice about sending your kids to camp.

Middle School

Tweens and younger teens start to face new pressures, including social, academic and physical changes. From bullying to boundary testing, friendship upheavals to dating interest, young teens -- and their parents -- navigate new challenges.

Find tips and advice -- and good news -- about parenting tweens and middle schoolers. Find out about opportunities for middle schoolers. Help them navigate this new, and exciting, stage of their lives and lay a firm foundation for their high school and young adult years.

Also check out the high school section for more tips for parents of teens.

High School

High school teens explore and discover their interests as they grow into young adults. It's exciting to watch and see their passions. But it can also be a bit nerve-wracking as they push their boundaries. Driving, dating and other distractions compete with college preparation and post-high school planning.

in this section parents of teenagers will find tips, advice and ideas for guiding and involving teens. Even though you feel as if teens aren't listening, you do still have some influence.

We also celebrate many of the positive ways teens are helping in our communities. From Annapolis to Columbia, Baltimore to Washington, D.C., teens can and do make a difference.

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