The Early Childhood Programs office of Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) shared a list of resources to help local dads get their kids ready for school. The tips below are from Amy Kelly, Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement Specialist for HCPSS.

This relationship with HCPSS and the Howard County Health Department will continue as they have information to share with dads and we build out a resources section of the Howard County Dads Inc. website.

Talking to your baby helps brain development

Kudos to all of you Dads out there that are utilizing  Ready Rosie and reading daily with your young child!  Do you know that talking with your baby/toddler is one of the most important things you can do for their brain development? It’s true! In fact, about 80% of a child’s brain develops by the age of 3 yrs ( Center on the Developing Child). The early years make a big difference!

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Some Free Resources

The good news is that you don’t have to spend any money or even search far and wide to help build your little one’s brain.
Here are some resources with ideas to help keep you talking, reading and engaging with your child.  It’s never too early to start!

Launch Into Learning

Lauch into Learning supports school readiness with initiatives like Ready Rosie, Talk with Me and Read with Me. Check out the resources Howard County Early Childhood experts have put together for you for FREE!

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Use a Literacy Calendar

Download this Monthly Early Literacy Calendar with ideas to build your child’s pre-reading skills. Post it on your fridge as a reminder.

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Sesame Street’s Talking is Teaching Guide

Sesame Street isn’t just a T.V. show anymore! Their Talking is Teaching Family Guide includes printable milestone cards with activities for birth to age 3 and a Read Aloud Book!

Dual Language Learners Fact Sheet

Speak more than one language at home? Research shows exposing children to lots of words early on, regardless of the language, is the best way to prepare them for their future. Learn more here: Dual Language Learners Fact Sheet

Be Intentional About Making Time

Keep up the good work, Dads! It’s tough to be consistent, but putting 15-minutes into your daily routine will go a long way. Remember, these were just a few tips. There are tons of free resources out there. Keep talking. Keep reading. And please visit your nearest library for books, classes and more!

Amy H. Kelly

Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement Specialist, Howard County Public School System HCPSS provides high-quality early childhood education that is rigorous yet developmentally appropriate. HCPSS also supports and promotes school readiness by focusing on families of, and community programs that work with, children ages birth to five.