Like their bodies, children’s brains still have a lot of growing to do after they are born. What children learn through their early interactions with parents and caregivers becomes the foundation for all future development. Research shows that nurturing relationships and safe, secure environments improve brain development and child well-being.
Parents and caregivers who have a social network and concrete support in times of need are better able to provide safe environments and nurturing experiences for their children. All families need a helping hand at some point, so we want to be sure you know that help is available when you need it.
This book provides information about:
- Child development from birth through the teen years
- Tips for creating the stimulating and nurturing environments children need
- Tips for managing the challenges of family life
- Contact information for valuable community resources
Remember, it is also important for you to take good care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. When you are feeling good, it is easier to be a positive, loving parent and do all you need to do to care for your child.
We hope you use the resources in the following pages as a guide for what you can expect as your child develops. We also encourage you to talk to your child’s doctor or other professionals if you have any questions or concerns about your child.
*This guide is also available as an e-book for smart phones, tablets or other mobile devices. Download the free e-book at: www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/childwelfare/caregivers/ebookdownload.shtml.