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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.

Dr. Marilyn Bull, pediatrician and national expert on child passenger safety, discusses how to keep children safe in motor vehicles. Learn how your program can use the car seat flip charts to help families:

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...

Father-friendly environments can help create chances for engagement. Create an environment fathers will want to be a part of by considering what they see, hear, and feel when they walk into your program.

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