Office of Early Childhood
Websites for Parents of Young Children

Ready at Five

Ready at Five Partnership is committed to increasing the number of children entering school ready to succeed. Parents can obtain tips and activities to encourage age-appropriate language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills.
Helping Your Child Become a Reader

Activities parents can use to strengthen children’s language skills and encourage a love of reading
Maryland Committee for Children
Resources for locating child care services available to Maryland’s children.
Baltimore County Public Library

Port Discovery
Port Discovery Children's Museum provides experiences which ignite imagination, inspire learning, and nurture growth through play.

The Starfall Method

The Starfall Method of reading instruction was developed for the emergent reader. It is based in part on research by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development about how children learn to read.
Primarily designed for first grade, is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade.
Zero to Three

Resources for working with infants, toddlers and families. It has information on a variety of topics such as brain development, child care, and developmental stages.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAEYC provides resources and information for parents as guidance for choosing the best possible care and education for their children.

I Am Your Child Foundation
This non-profit organization, founded by actor/director Rob Reiner, was formed to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood development and school readiness. The section on tips and linking websites would be useful for parents.
Tufts University Child and Family WebGuide
This site provides links for parents and professionals to sites evaluated by experts from Tufts University. Topics include Family/Parenting, Education/Learning, Typical Child Development, Health/Mental Health, and Resources/Recreation.
First Signs
First Signs is dedicated to the early identification and intervention of developmental delays and disorders.
Healthy Beginnings
Supporting Development and Learning from Birth to Age Five
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