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Get Ready for Pre-K! Tips for Early Success in School

High-quality preschool programs prepare your child for success in school in many ways. The routines your child develops in preschool will continue throughout their K-12 career. You can make the most of preschool by encouraging your child to attend every day! How Attendance Affects Success Starting in preschool, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school. Missing …

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Healthy Minds & Bodies: Easy Nutrition and Fitness Tips for Families

Eating a healthy meal and finding time for movement with your family doesn’t have to be hard. We’ve put together a list of resources and activities to help your family eat healthy and integrate physical activity in your daily lives. NutritionDigital ResourcesSesame Street in Communities: Eating Well Child Trends: A parent’s health is one of the strongest predictors of a child’s …

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Resources to Help Families in the Aftermath of a Shooting

We understand that speaking to children about acts of violence can be very difficult. If you are struggling with how to approach or speak to your child about these types of incidents, find resources below to help children cope with traumatic events.  If you are looking to take action to prevent further gun violence, visit momsdemandaction.org. Resources: Sesame Street in …

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Mental Health For Children: Resources for Parents

Parenting can be stressful and overwhelming, and kids can experience stress and challenges too. It is important for both caregivers and children to practice self-care and stress management to find balance. When you feel your best and take the time for yourself, you are modeling healthy practices and helping your little ones feel their best too.  This Mental Health Awareness …

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Math is Everywhere! Use These Everyday Activities to Develop Early Math Skills

Math is one of the most important skills for children to acquire. In fact, research suggests that early math skills are even more important than early reading or early social skills. Early math abilities begin at infancy and start in the home. Children as young as seven months possess fundamental “numerical” abilities. Describing to your baby that she has two …

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Resources to Support Families this Tax Season

Tax Season is upon us, and we are here to support families file their taxes and receive the benefits they deserve. This past year especially, families are eligible for certain tax benefits both at the state and federal level. For example, if you haven’t received the full amount of the Child Tax Credit or the Earned Income Tax Credit, you …

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Recap: AP/OD x Sesame Street in Communities Webinar for Providers

All kids need a strong individual and group identity, but racism hurts the healthy development of both. Engaging honestly and directly with little ones is the beginning of building racial literacy. We’ve partnered with Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) to provide resources and learning opportunities for early childhood providers and families.   We held our first collaborative webinar to explore resources …

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Bakuna sa COVID-19: Paano Bumuo ng Pagtiwala at Palawakin ang Access sa komunidad ng Latino

Manunulat: Adrián Pedroza, National Executive Director | Abriendo Puertas/Opening DoorsMga Resources para sa Mga Pamilya MGA RESOURCES PARA SA PAGBUO NG TIWALA SA BAKUNA: COVID-19 Vaccine: Helps protect you from getting COVID-19 Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine Language to Improve Vaccine Acceptance Johns Hopkins: Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?  Mayo Clinic: COVID-19 vaccine myths debunked  CDC: Ensuring the …

Two children standing in front of traditionally gendered pictures; the girl is playing with a doll in a dress and standing in front of a picture of lipstick, another of a crown, and a third of a high heel shoe; the boy is plyaing with a super hero doll and standing in front of an image of a boxing glove plus another of masculine athletes on a podium

Teaching Children About LGBTQ+ and Gender Identity

Photo courtesy of Planned Parenthood EspanolTalking about gender and gender identity with children can be a challenging conversation for parents, caregivers and educators. This pride month, as we celebrate the positive impact and the importance of the LGBTQ+ community, we can help our children understand the differences of gender identity, teach them to respect others, and encourage them to be …

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COVID-19 Vaccine: How to Build Trust & Expand Access in the Latino Community

By Adrián Pedroza, National Director of Strategic Partnerships | Abriendo Puertas/Opening DoorsAfter enduring the mass spread of COVID-19 and consequential nation-wide lockdowns for the past year,  the COVID-19 vaccine provides a beacon of light at the end of a dark tunnel. While states throughout the nation are urgently and strategically administering the vaccine at a rapid rate to control and …