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After a disaster or crisis, children benefit when adults assure them that they are safe and help them learn how to cope effectively. Use this tip sheet to find out what families and staff can do to help a child after a disaster or crisis.

Infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children who experience a tragic event may show changes in their behaviors. They also may be indirectly affected by a crisis through what they hear or see on TV.

Vaccines can protect your young child from 14 dangerous diseases. Diseases that vaccines can prevent could be very serious. Read this tip sheet to learn more about protecting children with vaccines.

In these guides created for early childhood professionals, explore digital tools designed to encourage parents to talk with their infants and children. Share these tools with parents, along with tips and information about talking with their young children.

Explore the Relationship-Based Competencies to Support Family Engagement Series to learn more about the knowledge, skills, and individual practices that early childhood professionals need to engage families effectively in positive, goal-oriented relationships.

Certain triggers, such as persistent infant crying, may lead some caregivers who are highly stressed to shake young infants. This can result in abusive head trauma that damages a baby's brain. Find out ways to strengthen protective factors that can help keep children safe.

Encourage Healthy Eating Habits

During the first five years, children constantly acquire new skills and knowledge. Caregivers who know what children can do and how they can get hurt can protect them from injury.1

Use this quick guide for tips on recognizing the causes of stress. Find steps to help reduce your stress and learn how the stress you experience affects the behavior of the children in your life.

The research-based Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework for Early Childhood Systems is a guide to understanding the collaborative relationship between parents and early childhood systems, programs, providers, family caregivers, and community service providers to promote...

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