Soothing a crying baby

Written by: Stephanie Williams, Coalition Coordinator, Arbor Circle Welcoming a new baby? Parents and anyone who could be left alone to care for the baby (babysitters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.) – should all know about The Period of PURPLE Crying. Infant crying can be extremely frustrating for new parents and caregivers. In fact, research shows […]

Is my child reaching their milestones?

  Written by: Michele Bishop, Quality Improvement Consultant, Great Start to Quality Western Resource Center As an early childhood professional I’ve worked with children and parents for more than 20 years. But as a mother of 3 children, I found myself wondering all the same things every other parent wonders: Are they on track? How […]

Help! My baby won’t hold still to listen to a book!

Written by: Adrienne Baker, Youth Librarian, North Branch, Herrick District Library How on earth do you expect me to read to this squirmy little human? One of the most common worries we hear from caregivers here at the library is, “My child just doesn’t have the attention span to listen to me read books, yet.” Sound […]

Activities Great for Developmental Enrichment

Written by Tami Mannes, Ph.D., Director of Early Childhood, Ottawa Area Intermediate School District There are many things that support children’s development! Here are some everyday routines and ways to support your child’s development! Car rides – Talk about the things you see on the ride!  The trees, the RED building, the BLUE building, the […]

5 things everyone should know about Autism

Written by Tami Mannes, Ph.D., Director of Early Childhood, Ottawa Area Intermediate School District   #1 – Getting help early matters!  Research shows the earlier intervention can start for young children diagnosed with Autism, makes a huge difference!  There are supports available for children under the age of three! #2 – Autism “looks” different for […]

You brought your baby home….Now what?

Written by Kate Davis, MD, Pediatrician, Holland Pediatrics   The first few weeks at home with a newborn can be overwhelming and bewildering.  It all looks so easy on television, and everyone has different advice.   All parents feel unsure of themselves at times. There is no such thing as a perfect parent. Many of […]

Play!

Written by Elizabeth Vandentoorn, Parent Educator, Early Childhood, Ottawa Area Intermediate School District   Play is serious learning! Every time your child plays, her brain is continuously making new connections that help her development. Your home is full of free or inexpensive items to create everyday activities you can do with your child to support […]

How to Find the Right Childcare for your Family

Written by Great Start to Quality Western Resource Center   When it comes to choosing childcare for your little one, there is a lot to take into consideration to ensure you and your family are happy with your choice. Not only do you need the right center that has an experienced staff while also fitting […]

What to Look for in a Preschool

Written by Great Start to Quality Western Resource Center   As a parent, you want the best education possible for your child. There is no exception even at the very start of your child’s educational journey: preschool. Today, more families are focused on enrolling their children into top preschool programs to better position their little […]