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The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) lists "12 Principles of Child Development and Learning". The list includes all areas of development and learning are important, sequential, proceeds at various rates, result from interactions, maturation and experiences, and in a variety of ways. Early experiences have a profound impact, with each area of development moving children toward great complexity, self-regulation, and symbolic capacities and is impacted by the world around them. Children learn best through PLAY which helps them grow in managing feelings and behaviors, relationships with friends and adults, while being able to build a bigger vocabulary.

Early Childhood Professional Development

Goal Activities and Book Recommendations

South Dakota Specific Resources

South Dakota Bright Start - Comprehensive early childhood initiative

South Dakota Birth to Three

South Dakota Head Start Collaboration Office

South Dakota Head Start Association

South Dakota Newborn Hearing Screening

South Dakota Parent Connection We connect families caring for children/youth (ages birth to 26) with the full range of disabilities or special health care needs to information, training and resources in an environment of support, hope and respect.

SDSD South Dakota School for the Deaf has worked to provide quality educational programs and support services for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families.

South Dakota Department of Health Child & Family Services

South Dakota WIC: Public health & nutrition program for pregnant women and birth to age 5

South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center

South Dakota Center for the Prevention of Childhood Maltreatment

Health Connect SD

South Dakota State Library

SDPBS Early Learning Initiative

Read SD!: Take the SD Reading Challenge

Center for Disabilities University of South Dakota

KidsCount Data Center

For Baby's Sake: Healthier moms + Healthier babies

Healthy South Dakota

Early Learners South Dakota

Statewide 211 SD Community Resources

Alliance for Early Success-South Dakota

Strong South Dakota Families: Access to the services and programs that can help you make the best decision for your family.

Resources to support children's growth, development and safety

American Academy of Pediatrics: Books Build Connections

Birth to Five Watch Me Thrive Video

Caring for Our Children - National Health and Safety Guidelines

Child Safety Guide

Center for Early Literacy Learning - Resources for parents and professionals

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Developmental Milestones

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Act Early in Spanish

Child Care Aware: child care resources

Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children: Supports families and enhances the optimal development of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ecta): Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes in Early Childhood

Elevating Education: Variety of early learning vendors

Fussy Baby Network: Family support from infant specialists (available in English and Spanish)

National CMV Foundation: Congenital Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is the most common viral infection, and the leading non-genetic cause of hearing loss, that infants are born with in the United States.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety In Child Care and Early Education: Improving the Quality of Out-of-Home Child Care and Early Education

National Medical Home Information This Web site provides tools, resources, state specific information, and promising practices in pediatric medical home implementation.

Bright by TEXT: make the most of everyday interactions between parent and child!

Pathways: Milestones, activities, videos, resources.

Center for Early Literacy Learning: Evidence-based early literacy learning practices for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and providers.

ReadyRosie: Helping Families and schools work together.

Sanford Harmony: No-cost social emotional learning program for educators, families, and caregivers for children Pre-K to 6th grade

Trust for Learning: Parents as Consumers of Early Childhood Education.

Vroom: Brain-building tips in English or Spanish in weekly texts.

Zero to Three: Promotes healthy development of infants and toddlers.

Early learning guidelines from Head Start Region VIII states:

Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines

Montana Early Learning Standards

North Dakota Early Learning Standards (birth-kind.)

Utah Early Learning Standards (3-5)

Wyoming Early Learning Guidelines (0-3)

North Carolina Foundations for Learning and Development: Used as a guide to develop SD ELG

National Resources

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

Child Trends: Improving the lives and prospects of children and youth through high-quality research.

Early Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)

Preschool During the Pandemic: Episode Series of Early Education in Extraordinary Times

Military Child Education Coalition: Resources for military-connected children.

National Association for Family Child Care: Support and resources for providers in family child care.

National Association of the Education of Young Children: Promoting high-quality learning by connecting practice, policy, and research.

NAEYC Power to the Profession: National collaboration to define the early childhood profession.

National Head Start Association

Office of Child Care: Resources for Parents and Providers

Websites with Free Activities

CAMP by Walmart

Children's Museum of South Dakota

Cómo ayudar a su hijo

Dr. Jean: Lots of free activities from Dr. Jean

Gryphon House Activities

Helping Your Preschool Child

Highlights Magazine for Kids: Hidden Pictures and Puzzles

Kaplan Insights and Inspirations: Activities, articles, and much more

Lakeshore Learning

Lakeshore Learning Crafts: Crafts linked to Math, Social Studies, Language, Science, Seasonal, Just for Fun.

Miss Humblebee's Academy: South Dakota State Library online lessons for children ages 3-6

National Geographic Kids

Nursery Rhymes and Bedtime Stories

Online Games for Preschoolers

PBS for Kids

PBS for Parents

SESAME STREET: Games, videos, art and more

Sesame Street in Communities: Resources, videos, activities, professional development and more

Starfall: Math, Language, Music and Seasonal

Vooks: Storybooks brought to life

Vroom Activities: 1000+ activities designed to help young brains grow strong.