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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

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

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

Birth to Five Watch Me Thrive Video

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

Caring for Our Children - National Health and Safety Guidelines

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Developmental Milestones

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Act Early in Spanish

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

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

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

Pathways: Milestones, activities, videos, resources.

ReadyRosie: Helping Families and schools work together.

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

Early Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)

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.

National Head Start Association

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

The Children's Reading Foundation: Activities, pintable's, and games to help develop a child's love or reading together and playing with a purpose.

Websites with Free Activities

CAMP by Walmart

Children's Museum of South Dakota

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

Gryphon House Activities

Highlights Magazine for Kids: Hidden Pictures and Puzzles

Lakeshore Learning

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

National Geographic Kids

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