Healthy Reading Books from the collection of the Santa Clara City Library to help your child get to his or her body and learn about healthy habits – hand washing, toileting, etc.
Literature for 4’s (and 5’s) Preschoolers love stories that spark their imaginations, reek of adventure, and teach them things they’ve never known about before. It is a pleasure to read with them. Enjoy!
Reading, Writing, and Play Materials- Encourage your child's interest in reading and writing by giving them access to the materials listed here. Don't stick them up on a shelf! Keep them at a child friendly level so that your child child can initiate their use.
Preschool Fingerplays From the “Eensy, Weensy Spider” to “Wheels on the Bus,” all your child’s favorites are here to learn and enjoy. Songs and fingerplays are great ways to give busy children exposure to rich language when they won’t sit still.
Reading Rockets, a PBS project, provides accurate, accessible information for parents, teachers, and caregivers on how to teach kids to read and help those who struggle. Useful sections include the Reading Tips for Parents, which are available in multiple languages, and cover children from infancy through grade three.
Toddler Fingerplays Easy rhymes and movement activities to enhance your busy toddlers coordination and motor development.
Health and Nutrition
Family Doctor.org Easy to read information on topics for all members of the family, with a section just for parents and children. Topics include changing your child's behavior, toilet training and baby proofing.
Kids Health KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years. By providing topic sections for parents, kids, and teens, Kids Health also fosters healthy communication between parents and children on important life issues.
Bay Area Parent Silicon Valley
A little heavy on advertising, but Bay Area Parent’s Silicon Valley Guides: b.a.b.y. (for new and expecting parents), Preschool and Childcare Finder, Summer Survival Guide (camps & activities), and Navigator (family friendly places to go), make it essential reading for local parents.
The Children’s Health Council
The Children’s Health Council provides assessment and treatment for a wide range of children’s physical and emotional problems. The goal is to help children reach their maximum potential and teach them strategies to overcome challenges.
Choices for Children
Choices for Children supports healthy child care environments for young children through nutrition programs at child care sites, parent and caregiver education, and child care subsidies for families in need.
Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County
4Cs is a non-profit agency that serves as the community child care link for families and child care professionals in Santa Clara County. Services include referrals for both parents and child care providers, and training and workshops for child caregivers, and information about subsidized childcare.
Covered California Subsidized health insurance for your family based on your income level.
HeadStart A federally funded preschool program for children 3 to 4 years of age offering half-day and full-day programs. Eligibility is based on family size, income and need.
Healthy Kids This program ensures that children in Santa Clara County receive access to comprehensive healthcare services. In partnership with the Santa Clara Family Health Plan, the Healthy Kids program offers low-cost health, dental, and vision insurance programs to children with immigration issues or those who are not eligible for state-subsidized Medi-Cal because their family income is slightly too high to qualify, yet too low to pay for health care coverage.
Going strong for more than three generations, Las Madres is a non-profit umbrella organization for neighborhood play groups organized by child’s birth year. By joining (for a modest fee) families receive benefits including parenting workshops, support groups, and discount tickets for local events.
Medi-Cal No cost health, dental, and vision coverage for children and families who qualify based on income level.
Parents Helping Parents
PHP provides lifetime guidance, supports and services to children with any special need, their families and the professionals who serve them. The organization is staffed by parents of children with different types of special needs.; who understand the challenges, fears and joys of parenting a special needs child.
Parents Place- The Peninsula
Parents Place, with offices in San Mateo and Palo Alto, is a family resource center, providing parents with education and counseling about parenting, and also offers a wide variety of parent-child play groups.
Santa Clara County CEL (Central Eligibility List) Santa Clara County CEL enables families to submit one application to have access to all programs for which they qualify, and allows subsidized child development providers to find children that are eligible for their programs. Families are ranked by eligibility factors such as income, size and need.
Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank is a non-profit agency that collects and distributes food to help people who cannot afford to buy groceries. Low-income people of all ages are welcome, regardless of immigration status. Use the phone hotline to find out about food programs in your neighborhood. Staff members speak English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Where Can We Go? Outings for the Youngest
Bored? Nothing to do? Look no further than this list of great places to go between San Francisco and San Jose. Experiences are one of the lynch pins of early learning, and they are a great way to enjoy quality time with any child. Enjoy!
Confused by the vast number of movies, video games, phone apps, television programs, etc. that your child might be tuned in to? Commonsense Media gives you the real scoop on what’s best for what age, and also offers lists of the best of all things media and electronic for families.
Dr. Toy Visit Dr. Toy’s website for recommendations on age appropriate toys with lots of play value before you head to the toy store for those birthday gifts!
Popular interest parenting topics aimed at moms and other parents. Gives everything from printable games and coloring sheets to advice from parents and recipes.
Zero to Three
Zero to Three focuses on how children learn and grow from birth to 3 years, and translates the science of early childhood into strategies parents can tailor to their unique family situation and to the needs of their child. Helpful articles include Helping Your Child Learn to Talk.