Help Your Child Learn and Grow

Brains are built over time, and higher-level skills build on basic skills developed early in life. That’s why creating the right conditions in early childhood is far more effective and less costly than trying to fix problems at a later age.

Helping children learn and grow is parents’ prime responsibility – and you want to do the best job possible. Because early experiences and relationships are the foundation for future developing and learning, this part of the site provides families with useful information about child development, health and safety, and school success. We encourage you to read these materials and share them with your spouse or other caregivers.

Child Development

Children are always changing, growing, moving and learning - sometimes it's hard to keep up with all the new successes and challenges at each stage!

Click on one of the links below to find specific information about growth from birth through grade three:

One Tough Job: Read an array online articles relevant to parents.

Born Learning: Information about children at different ages and stages.

Zero to Three: Learn about topics relating to children from birth to age 3.

Centers for Disease Control: A governmental resource center on child development.

Early Supports and Services: Learn about the family-centered early supports and services available to children and families in New Hampshire.

Health and Safety

Children who are healthy and safe are better prepared to grow and learn to their full potential. Areas of health include mental health, physical health, social and emotional health, oral health and nutrition. Prevention of child abuse and neglect is a cornerstone of child safety. Safety includes injury prevention, child care safety, food safety, and safety from domestic violence as well.

Here are links to more information about ensuring the health and safety of children:

The Zero To Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Familiesprovides a wealth of resources that support healthy development.

New Hampshire Association for Infant Mental Health disseminates information and provides education about research and evidence-informed practices to strengthen collaborative efforts in support of families with infants and young children.

"Healthy You" from the Obesity Prevention Program

Healthy Kids Healthy Futures provides resources for nutrition and obesity prevention.

Department of Health and Human Services Child Health Program

The Child Care Licensing Units ensures the safety of children in child care.

Links to resources for poison prevention

Department of Health and Human Services, Child Protection Services

Department of Health and Human Services information regarding Domestic Violence or click here to find a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center.

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) promotes the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.

School Success

Parents are a child’s first and foremost teachers. Science shows that the early years of a child’s life are critical. A child’s brain develops at an amazing pace during these years. Families that are actively involved in their child’s development will prepare their children for future success in school and in life. Exploration, experimentation, exposure to language and reading are all important building blocks in the healthy development of a child.

Here are links to more information about ensuring a child’s school success:

Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities for young children.

Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University provides information on early influences—positive or negative—that are critical to the development of children’s brains.

Zero to Three: An interactive learning tool designed to help parents and caregivers encourage their young children's early learning from birth to 3.

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) promotes the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.

NH Department of Education Early Childhood Education information page.

Head Start: Learn about Head Start in New Hampshire and locate a center near you.

NH Department of Health and Human Services Homepage: Access a multitude of available programs and services.

U.S. Department of Education: Helping Your Preschool Child: A booklet that provides parents with activities to help children (infancy through age 5) become better learners and prepare for school.

Parent Information Center of NH: provides parents with high-quality training, consultations, and resources related to both general and special education.

New Hampshire Family-Centered Early Support & Services For those concerned about an infant or toddler's development (birth to three).

Special Education For children 3 and up.