• What You will find here

    To help you be the best parent or caregiver you can be, we pulled together some tips for helping your child grow and develop during these important years.

Tip One

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    • Encourage your toddler to explore and try new things
    • Set up a special time to read books with your child and do it often
    • Play matching games like shape sorting and simple puzzles
    • Explain in simple terms how things work
    • Encourage pretend play with your child
    • Play follow the leader or have a pretend parade
    • Help your child learn language by talking with them and adding to words they use. If your toddler says “dada” say something like, “Yes, you are right, that is your daddy.”

Tip Two

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    • Ask your child to find different things and to name different body parts and objects around the house
    • Encourage your child’s curiosity and ability to recognize common objects away from home by taking walks together or going on a bus ride and pointing out what you find along the way
    • Encourage your child’s feeling of independence by letting them help get dressed or feed themselves
    • Respond positively to good behaviors more than you punish unwanted ones (and only use brief time outs)
    • Criticize the behavior, not the child. “Do not touch the hot stove, you could get hurt.” Is better than “You are being a bad boy!”
    • Ask your child to tell you their name and age

Tip Three

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    • Teach your child simple songs like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and other childhood rhymes
    • Limit attention you give to tantrums and acting up. Teach your child better ways to show when they are upset
    • Let your toddler make choices, like which game to play or what book to read. 
    • Limit the choices you give to two or three, this lets them feel in control without getting frustrated
    • Let your toddler work through problems before you offer to help. Then only give the help needed to stay safe and continue working things out
    • To keep from getting frustrated yourself, make sure what you expect fits your child’s age. For instance, most toddlers will have toilet accidents


15 Daily Early Learning Activities

  • grandparents talking to grandchild15 Daily Early Learning Activities

    Here are 15 things you can easily work into your daily schedule to create wonderful early learning moments with your child from birth to age 3. They are simple and anyone who spends time with the child can do them. The infographic is also available in Arabic and Spanish.

    Learn 15 Daily Activities

More Resources for Parents

  • Milestone Tracker App

    Milestone Tracker App

    An easy way to keep track of when your toddler should reach certain milestones. Plus, find activities and learning tips for each age from the Center for Disease Control

    Download the App


    Healthy Kids, Healthy Future

    One place to find information on physical activity for young children and on ways to keep them moving. Plus, how to improve food choices, provide healthy drinks, and more.

    Learn how to Keep Kids Healthy


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    The Michigan Department of Education offers more help to find resources to meet your needs.

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