Your child’s behavior is linked to their development. The more you understand about your child’s behaviors, the more connected you will be and the better you can express care and love to them.
YOU ARE YOUR CHILD'S FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT TEACHER
Make time each day to connect, talk and play with your child. Children who feel cared for and loved develop stronger social-emotional skills like confidence and self-esteem, which make it easier for them to manage their emotions so they can do better in school and beyond.
Complete a developmental check-up using the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ and ASQ:SE) available in the library or on our resources page. Understanding your child’s development brings you closer, and helps parents teach their child the social-emotional skills they need to learn and grow. Connect with other families and parenting resources by attending playgroups and parenting workshops offered through your Hub.
Parenting is part natural and part learned. As your child grows, they will reach new milestones and each stage will bring a new way to connect. When parents and caregivers learn to recognize the feelings behind their children’s behaviors, parenting is easier. Stay in tune to your child’s feelings as they grow and complete regular developmental check-ups.
What Can I Do?
How Do I Know?
Who Can I Talk To?
If you have parenting questions, concerns or you need to be connected to other community resources, you can contact a Family Engagement Specialist:
Hub 1 & 4
Hub 2 & 3
Jesus Cordova (bilingual English/Spanish)
For parents and
Play & Learn Groups
(guided play time with
parenting topics and
Connection to parenting
resources and classes.
ASQ Kits available for check-out.
Family Engagement Specialists available during office hours for individual questions and assistance in completing an ASQ.
Call or visit your Hub for current office hours.
To learn more and find schedules of Hub activities, visit the Community Hubs page.
not easy and every
parent or care giver is going
to have questions at some point. Through our Community Hubs, we have Family Engagement Specialists available to answer questions and guide parents to tools and resources to help them manage the everyday challenges of raising children.
Here are some common
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I know if my child is growing and developing on track and how can I support their development?
Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, talk, listen and move (crawling, walking, etc.). As your child’s first teacher, you can help them practice new skills with everyday interactions and play. Use the Milestones Chart to become familiar with what to expect and track their progress using the ASQ and ASQ:SE questionnaires. Each new milestone will bring new types of activities you can do to help your little one along the way.
How can I meet other parents?
Your local library has early childhood centers where you can meet other families, join a storytime, or find a playgroup. Our libraries are a family friendly environment that encourages learning and development, even if it’s a little noisy. Visit the library calendar at www.eldoradolibrary.org or visit your Community Hub page to find an activity calendar.
Where can I learn more about parenting strategies?
Children don’t come with instruction manuals. There are parenting classes, support groups and workshops for parents to learn from parent support staff and each other. If you would like individualized support, contact a Family Engagement Specialist at your Hub to discuss your questions and connect your with the best resource.
What is the best way to discipline my child?
Whining and tantrums are a natural part of child development, typically beginning between 1 and 4 years old. Often, a tantrum happens when a child is overwhelmed, tired and/or hungry and they don’t yet have the words to express why they are upset. Although frustrating, the middle of a meltdown is not the time to reason with a child. Later, when the child is calm, help them to understand how they were feeling and talk about other ways to ask for what they need.
What is the best way to manage challenging behaviors such as not sleeping or picky eaters?
Many parents report sleep concerns. Every baby is different but most babies begin sleeping through the night by their first birthday. Make sure your child is getting enough sleep. A good guideline is that infants need between 12-15 hours, toddlers need 11-14 hours, and school age children (6-13 years old) need between 10-13 hours. Some of these times can be broken up with regular naps. Establish a bedtime routine at the same time every night that includes a calming bath, reading a book and snuggle time. Routines help children to know what is expected of them.
Who can I talk with about my child's behavior or concerns with their development including children with special needs?
Many parents have questions about parenting and child development. The Community Hub Family Engagement Specialists are a great place to start with your concerns about behaviors or development. Even if they don’t have the answer or expertise, they will know who best to refer you to and stay in contact to see how things are going. You can also check in with your child’s pediatrician with questions and concerns.
What other resources should I explore?