Early Childhood Development Resources

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The CONNECT Helpline

The CONNECT Helpline assists in locating resources and finding information regarding child development for children ages birth to age five, including connecting families to local child care, Head Start, or pre-k programs. CONNECT can also help families find local child development programs and can also local Early Intervention program if they have a developmental concern related to their young child.

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Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children

This website helps families make informed choices about their children’s early learning and development. Highlights include a developmental milestones checklist, a guide for finding quality child care, ideas for learning through play ideas for young children at all ages, kindergarten readiness activities, and resources for families with children with special needs. Families can sign up for a free monthly e-newsletter containing fun family activities, books, and songs.

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PNC Grow Up Great

PNC Grow Up Great champions early childhood education by offering free, high-quality resources for parents, families, and educators to foster daily interactions with young children. Many resources are also offered in Spanish.

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Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership connects first-time mothers-to-be with local nurses, who regularly visit starting early in pregnancy and continuing through a child’s second birthday. Pregnant women benefit by getting the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy and by developing a close relationship with a nurse who becomes a trusted resource they can rely on for advice. Nurses provide new moms with the confidence and the tools they need not only to assure a healthy start for their babies but to envision a life of stability and opportunities for success for both mom and child.

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STEM Starts Now

Offers a monthly e-newsletter subscription for families. Newsletters are written by early child development specialists and provide information specific to the baby’s age including: caring for the caregiver, STEM development, physical development, cognitive development, language and communication, emotional/mental health, baby care basics, and a schedule of well-baby checks, immunizations, and expected growth spurts.