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12-18 Months -- Ages and Stages
A baby's second year is a delightful time. The baby is developing a personality and rewards your time together with laughter, funny faces, and affectionate hugs. First steps and first words are exciting family events.

Designed for parents and caregivers, this publication addresses the physical, mental, and social, and emotional development of children ages 12-18 months. Tips for interacting with children as they grow and lists of age-appropriate toys and books are also included.
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2-Year-Olds -- Ages and Stages
Two-year-olds like to be independent! Favorite words are "Mine!" and "No." and "I do it!" Emotions may take on a roller coaster-like quality, changing from excitement to anger to laughter within a few moments.

Designed for parents and caregivers, this publication addresses the physical, mental, and social, and emotional development of 2-year-olds. Tips for interacting with children as they grow and lists of age-appropriate toys and books are also included.
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3-Year-Olds -- Ages and Stages
The 3-year-old is full of wonder, and spends a lot of time observing and imitating others. They love to spend time with parents and enjoy helping out with simple household tasks.

Designed for parents and caregivers, this publication addresses the physical, mental, and social, and emotional development of 3-year-olds. Tips for interacting with children as they grow and lists of age-appropriate toys and books are also included.
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4-Year-Olds -- Ages and Stages
Energetic and imaginative best describes 4-year-olds. They are able to learn new words quickly, and use them in chatting and telling jokes and wild stories.

Designed for parents and caregivers, this publication addresses the physical, mental, and social, and emotional development of 4-year-olds. Tips for interacting with children as they grow and lists of age-appropriate toys and books are also included.
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5-Year-Olds -- Ages and Stages
The 5-year-old is cheerful, energetic, and enthusiastic. Fives enjoy planning and discussing who will do what. A "best friend" is very important, but hard to keep as social skills are not well developed yet.

Designed for parents and caregivers, this publication addresses the physical, mental, and social, and emotional development of 5-year-olds. Tips for interacting with children as they grow and lists of age-appropriate toys and books are also included.
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9-11 Years -- Ages and Stages
Friendships and accomplishments are important to older children. Secret codes, made-up languages, and passwords are used to strengthen the bonds of friendship. Be prepared to use all your “patience” skills as children this age may tend to think that they do not need adult care or supervision.

Designed for parents and caregivers, this publication addresses the physical, mental, and social, and emotional development of 9- to 12-year-olds. Tips for interacting with children as they grow and lists of age-appropriate toys and books are also included.
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Wash Your Hands
11" x 8.5" color poster illustrates six steps to effectively wash your hands.
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0-12 Months -- Ages and Stages
Babies learn and grow so quickly. By the end of their first year, most will have almost tripled in size. They will be crawling and maybe even taking a timid first step!

Designed for parents and caregivers, this publication addresses the physical, mental, and social, and emotional development of children ages 0-12 months. Tips for interacting with children as they grow and lists of age-appropriate toys and books are also included.
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18-24 Months -- Ages and Stages
Welcome to the world of toddlerhood! This stage brings a greater sense of independence as children learn to walk, run, and climb with greater skill and they love to imitate everything you do.

Designed for parents and caregivers, this publication addresses the physical, mental, and social, and emotional development of children ages 18-24 months. Tips for interacting with children as they grow and lists of age-appropriate toys and books are also included.
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6-8 Years -- Ages and Stages
Young school-agers are ready for a steady pace of growing and learning, one in which real life tasks and activities overtake pretend and fantasy. Friendships are an important testing ground for learning new social skills. Equipped with a longer attention span, they are ready to delve into projects, solve problems, and resolve arguments!

Designed for parents and caregivers, this publication addresses the physical, mental, and social, and emotional development of 6- to 8-year-olds. Tips for interacting with children as they grow and lists of age-appropriate toys and books are also included.
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Safety in Environment - Essentials Child Care
Best practices and recommendations for creating a safe environment to prevent injuries in the child care environment. Includes a safety checklist for falls, choking, poisons, water safety and electrical hazards and information about active supervision to prevent accidents.

Developed as a resource to complement the Essentials Child Care Preservice Online Series for child care professionals.
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Emergency Preparedness - Essentials Child Care
Disasters are often unexpected and require quick thinking and action. Learn more about required emergency plans, emergency supply kits, and intruder alert protocol in the child care setting.

Developed as a resource to complement the Essentials Child Care Preservice Online Series for child care professionals.
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Transportation of Children - Essentials Child Care
Transportation is a key issue for child care programs. Learn about "buckle-up" policies and precautions, child car seat guidelines, and drive safety when transporting children.

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Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases - Essentials Child Care
Germs spread person to person, person to object to person, animal to person, and insect to person. Learn about how to reduce the spread of germs and criteria for when it is appropriate to exclude a child due to illness or condition.

Developed as a resource to complement the Essentials Child Care Preservice Online Series for child care professionals.
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Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials - Essentials Child Care
Over 2 million human poison exposures are reported to poison centers each year. Children under 6 years of age account for over half of the reports. Learn about common causes and symptoms of poisoning and how to keep children safe from exposure.

Developed as a resource to complement the Essentials Child Care Preservice Online Series for child care professionals.
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Medication in Child Care - Essentials Child Care
Families often rely on child care providers and teachers to safely administer medications their children need to stay healthy. Learn about medication precautions, policies, and proper handling to ensure safe administration.

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Managing Food Allergies - Essentials Child Care
Establish policies that support children in your care with food allergies. Learn about common food allergies and how to recognize and respond to allergic reactions.

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Infant Safe Sleep - Essentials Child Care
Create safe sleep environments for children in your care. Learn how to choose the right equipment and about using "Back to Sleep" practices for sleep and "Tummy Time" practices for awake time.

Developed as a resource to complement the Essentials Child Care Preservice Online Series for child care professionals.
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Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome - Essentials Child Care
Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is a type of inflicted traumatic brain injury that happens when very young children are violently shaken. Learn about SBS risk factors, common patterns of excessive crying, and strategies for soothing a crying child.

Developed as a resource to complement the Essentials Child Care Preservice Online Series for child care professionals.
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Supporting Cultural Diversity - Essentials Child Care
Culture reflects a person's knowledge, beliefs, experiences, values, attitudes, language, and ethnicity. Learn how to help children relate positively to others who are both same and different from themselves.

Developed as a resource to complement the Essentials Child Care Preservice Online Series for child care professionals.
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Understanding Homelessness - Essentials Child Care
Explore how to support children and families who are experiencing homelessness. Learn about the challenges homeless families face and how regulations can impact child care enrollment requirements.

Developed as a resource to complement the Essentials Child Care Preservice Online Series for child care professionals.
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Child Development - Essentials Child Care
Every child is different, but children of the same age have many things in common. Knowing some of the ways children grow, develop, and learn will allow you to respond to children, plan your day, and arrange the environment for play and learning.

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Environment Rating Scale (ERS) - Quest for Quality
An overview of the Environment Rating Scale (ERS) Assessments for Infant/Toddler, Early Childhood, Family Child Care, and School-Age Care programs provided by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
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Crianza Justo a Tiempo bookmark (Unit=Pkg of 50)
Just in Time Parenting bookmark (Spanish)--promotional piece for the Just in Time Parenting eXtension Web site and free e-newsletters. Targeted to parents with young children.

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Be Active
A two- page, 8.5" x 11" handout available for download as a pdf file. Page 1 provides ideas for types and amounts of physical activity for adults and children. Page 2 outlines MyPlate recommendations for adult and child food intake.
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Be Active - Spanish
A two- page, 8.5" x 11" handout in Spanish available for download as a pdf file. Page 1 provides ideas for types and amounts of physical activity for adults and children. Page 2 outlines MyPlate recommendations for adult and child food intake.
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Environment Rating Scale (ERS) - Ready, Set, Go!
After scheduling an Environment Rating Scale (ERS) Assessment for your Infant/Toddler, Early Childhood, Family Child Care, or School-Age Care program, use this handout to prepare for the visit.
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Environment Rating Scale (ERS) - Understanding Your Score
Following an Environment Rating Scale (ERS) Assessment for Infant/Toddler, Early Childhood, Family Child Care, and School-Age Care programs, use this brochure to learn more about your score and understanding your program's ERS report.
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Family Storyteller Materials
A young child's literacy and language skills represent the single best indicator of future school success. Family Storyteller is an early literacy program designed for parents and young children to increase their literacy activities. Use these materials, available in English and Spanish, to promote the program.

Brochure - available in pdf format, the brochure includes general information about the program.

Flyer - available as an editable pdf file, the flyer can be personalized to include local program information.
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Girl Talk Materials
Promotional and support materials for Girl Talk, a program designed to facilitate communication about female health and sexuality between 5th/6th grade girls and their moms/caregivers.
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Who Cares for Iowa's Children
Why be concerned about early childhood education? Time spent in child care is prime learning time and nearly 70 percent of Iowa's children under age six spend time in early care while their parents work. Find key factors that impact early learning, including teacher and provider education.
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Just In Time Parenting eNewsletters
Get information that’s relevant to your child delivered to you just when you need it.

Subscribe to Extension’s free parenting eNewsletters, written by parenting experts (who are parents themselves). They are designed so that information that's relevant to your child is automatically delivered to you just in time!  Browse eNewsletter samples and subscribe today.

The newsletter is written by a team of university researchers and educators and based on the latest research.

There's information that you'll want to share with everyone in your family - plus:
• Each issue has links to other pages and web sites to help you learn even more.
• You can download beautiful full-color PDF files formatted for printing or sharing
• You can listen to audio podcast versions for the first 12 months
• You can ask questions to experts from across the country and see answers to questions from parents just like you.
• You can continue to learn about your child as he or she grows to age 5!
• All of this is commercial free, with no ads or links to toys or products!
• All eNewsletters are also available in Spanish.
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Obesity and Overuse of Electronic Media - Science of Parenting
A child's health and wellbeing can be affected in many ways by spending too much time using electronic media. Find tips for setting limits, encouraging physical activity, and talking with your child about use of time.
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Parenting Young Teens: Young Teen Development
Guide young teens through those uneasy, awkward times filled with so many changes — physical, emotional, social, and mental. Tips for understanding and helping young teens through this phase of life.
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Parenting Young Teens: Early Dating
Research shows youth younger than age 14 often don't have the social and interpersonal skills to date. Find out what parents can do.
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Preschool & Kindergarten Ahead -- Early Learning
Make preschool and kindergarten a positive experience for your child. Find six ways to help children gain basic skills and behaviors that will prepare them for school.
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Antes de comenzar el preescolar y el jardín de infantes -- Aprendiza je Temprano
Use this material to help Spanish language families make preschool and kindergarten a positive experience for their children. Children will be better prepared for school learning these basic skills and behaviors.
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Understanding Emotional Changes -- Living With Your Teenager
Learn what causes increased emotionality in your teenager and how to deal with it.
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The Changing Parent-Child Relationship -- Living With Your Teenager
Learn about the struggles between parents and teens, along with the helpful attitudes and expectations that will ease parent/teen conflicts.
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Understanding Changes in Thinking -- Living With Your Teenager
Learn about the way your teenager thinks about him/herself and about values you are teaching to your child.
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Understanding Physical Changes -- Living With Your Teenager
Learn about the changes in your teen’s body and how to prepare him/her for these changes. This may help you support your child through this difficult time.
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Self-Esteem -- Understanding Children
Self-esteem involves developing a sense of self-worth by feeling lovable and capable. Children tackle this task differently at different developmental ages. Learn about those differences and what parents can do.
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Heartland Family Child Care Handbook
This book, previously called the Iowa Family Child Care Handbook, has been updated. It includes expanded information on toys, books, equipment, and how to organize your home and your day for family child care. Business, nutrition, health and safety, and child development info also included.
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Manual Heartland para el Cuidado Familiar de Ninos
This book, previously called the Iowa Family Child Care Handbook, has been updated. It includes expanded information on toys, books, equipment, and how to organize your home and your day for family child care. Business, nutrition, health and safety, and child development info also included.
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Children and Sleep -- Understanding Children
Regular rest and sleep are necessary for children. Read about children's sleep needs, routines, and common sleep problems that may arise.
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Sibling Rivalry -- Understanding Children
Constant fighting, put downs, and arguing among children cause frustration and concern in most parents. Some bickering is normal among brothers and sisters. Included are ideas to help reduce your frustration over quarrelsome siblings and lessen the fighting too.
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1-12 Meses -- Edades & Etapas
Aprenda sobre el desarrollo físico, mental, y social y emocional de 1-a 12 meses. También asigne juguetes y libros, e ideas para padres.
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12-18 Meses -- Edades & Etapas
Aprenda sobre el desarrollo físico, mental, y social y emocional de 12-a 18 meses. También asigne juguetes y libros, e ideas para padres.
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18-24 Meses -- Edades & Etapas
Aprenda sobre el desarrollo físico, mental, y social y emocional de 18-a 24 meses. También asigne juguetes y libros, e ideas para padres.
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2 Años de edad -- Edades & Etapas
Aprenda sobre el desarrollo físico, mental, y social y emocional de 2 personas de. También asigne juguetes y libros, e ideas para padres.
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3 Años de edad -- Edades & Etapas
Aprenda sobre el desarrollo físico, mental, y social y emocional de 3 personas de. También asigne juguetes y libros, e ideas para padres.
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Cuatro años de edad -- Edades & Etapas
Aprenda sobre el desarrollo físico, mental, y social y emocional de 4 personas de. También asigne juguetes y libros, e ideas para padres.
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Cinco años de edad -- Edades & Etapas
Aprenda sobre el desarrollo físico, mental, y social y emocional de 5 personas de. También asigne juguetes y libros e ideas para padres.
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6 a 8 años de edad -- Edades & Etapas
Aprenda sobre el desarrollo físico, mental, y social y emocional de 6-a 8 personas de. También asigne juguetes y libros e ideas para padres.
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9 a 11 años de edad -- Edades & Etapas
Aprenda sobre el desarrollo físico, mental, y social y emocional de 9-a 11 personas de. También asigne juguetes, libros e ideas para padres.
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Moving to a New Home -- Understanding Children
Moving to a new home creates challenges for children through new situations and strong emotions. Learn how different age groups might react to moving and what you can do to help.
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Getting Along: When I'm Angry
Suggestions for how to help children deal with anger.
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Language Development -- Understanding Children
When you take time to listen, talk, read, sing, and play games with your child, you help teach important language skills that last a lifetime. Learn typical language skills and how to nurture those skills in age categories from newborns up to age six.
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Farm Safety for Young Children
Details on a child's growth and development as it relates to farm hazards, so you can provide appropriate supervision.
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Fears -- Understanding Children
This publication discusses common childhood fears and how parents can help. Includes a section on nightmares and night terrors.
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Learning to Read and Write -- Understanding Children
Learning to read and write is an exciting adventure for a young child. Discover ideas to encourage your child to read and write and the five stages of reading development.
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Temper Tantrums -- Understanding Children
Temper tantrums are a normal part of growing up for all children. There are no magic cures, but there are some successful techniques that can help you manage and prevent them.
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Toilet Training -- Understanding Children
Toilet training is a big step in a young child’s life. Learn how to tell if your child is ready and ten steps to successful toilet learning.
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Toys -- Understanding Children
Toys bring a great deal of joy to children, but they also can be valuable learning tools. Includes a chart of toys to choose and avoid by age group.
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Biting -- Understanding Children
Biting is quite common among young children. Learn possible reasons for your child’s biting and what you can do to help change this behavior.
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Disciplining Your Preschooler -- Understanding Children
Preschoolers are delightful to have around, but at times can be quite a challenge. Learn how to understand your preschooler and about effective discipline ideas.
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Disciplining Your Toddler -- Understanding Children
Setting limits and maintaining control are difficult tasks with toddlers because they are so independent, yet have so few skills to communicate and solve problems. Learn how to understand toddlers and about helpful discipline tools.
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Child Abuse & Child Care -- Child Care That Works
What to look for (physical signs or behavioral changes) regarding child abuse, and what to do next.
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