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Summer is a time for sun and fun, but children’s learning is too important to take a vacation! Many school-aged children lose up to three months of grade-level equivalency in math and reading skills over the summer months. This phenomenon is known as the summer slide. Summertime child care...

All children misbehave or exhibit challenging behavior sometimes. How a parent responds can make a big difference in how a child develops. Treating children with kindness and respect helps them to treat others in the same way.

Quality I/T programs can have significant developmental benefits and positive long-term effects for children.

The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE) is pleased to share a practice brief on Aligning Out-of-School Time Services for Children Experiencing Homelessness.

Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOC Basics) represents the minimum health and safety standards required in Head Start and child care programs, family child care homes, and other places children are cared for outside of their own home.

Encouraging tooth brushing in Head Start and child care programs helps promote oral health and teaches children a lifelong habit. Use this video to train staff to begin a daily toothbrushing program in Head Start and child care programs.

This series of handouts for pregnant women and parents of infants and young children provides simple tips on oral health issues. Child care staff are encouraged to share the handouts with families to promote good oral health. The handouts are available in English and Spanish.

The tip sheet provides best practices related to foods, drinks, and oral hygiene to promote good oral health for infants (birth to age 1), toddlers (ages 1–3), and young children (ages 3–5). Review information on how to handle basic oral health emergencies.

Every year, 1.2 million children under 6 years old experience homelessness in the United States. Many of these children are in early childhood education programs. Explore this tip sheet to learn how homelessness impacts various areas of health and wellness.