Learning Checklists
September 2007
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You and Your Preschool Child

Ensure That Your Child Is Ready to Learn

Allow time each day for the following activities in the life of your young child. These may affect how well preschool children perform in school later on. Remember, also, to set an example of how you want your child to behave. From the start, you can make sure your child's:

"As any mom can tell you, a surprising amount of progress is made in the first three years of life."
—Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings

Know What Your Preschooler Needs

The Healthy Start, Grow Smart publication series at www.ed.gov/parents/ earlychild/ready/healthystart has in-depth information about the health and nurturing of your baby. Babies need:

Toddlers need:

Introduce babies and toddlers (birth to 2 years) to language:

Three- to five-year-olds need:

Introduce young children (3–5 years) to language:

Partner With Caregivers and Teachers

Talking with caregivers and teachers will help your child's academic, social and emotional development. This will also help you stay in touch with what your child is doing and learning. At all stages of your young child's growth:

Look for Community Resources

Community centers, parent information centers, hospitals and other local organizations can provide parenting training and services. Some community resources might include:

Tips for Selecting a Caregiver

Begin looking for a caregiver long before you need one:

Caregivers should:

The place where you take your child should:

"It's crucial that we start our children off on the right foot in school."
—Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings

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