The first years of life are critical to a child’s healthy development. WCAAP advocates for policies to achieve health equity and positive outcomes for our state’s youngest children, so all children in Washington have a chance to thrive.
Early Childhood Resources
Tools and resources for pediatric providers to support families and promote early attachment.
- Help Me Grow Washington connects families to the health and development resources needed to give ALL kids the best start.
- AAP Literacy Resources – Includes handouts for parents geared to each well child check
- NICHD – Developing Early Literacy
- Reach Out and Read Washington – Early learning resources for families
Early Brain Development at Home
- Love. Talk. Play. – Resources and activities for parents of children ages birth-3 years
- Pathways – Educational brochures and videos pertaining to infant and child development
- Talaris Research Institute – Parent materials at ParentingCounts.org including a fabulous online developmental timeline for parents
- Vroom – Free app and website with everyday brain-building activities for parents
- Zero to Three – Many parent and caregiver resources, plus handouts for pediatricians to give at each well child check called Healthy Minds and wonderful booklets called The Magic of Everyday Moments
Quality Out-of-Home Care
- Find childcare – Child Care Resource and Referral
- Evaluate/improve your child’s early learning setting – National Resource Center For Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education – Very rich website, includes suggestions for for how parents can help improve their child’s school
- Get a head start – Head Start Resources
- Learn about subsidized child care/preschool – Parents Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program – Washington State’s subsidized child care/preschool program