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Baby in car seatParents want the best for their children. They are their child's first and best teachers. One of the key concepts of early childhood development is that all parents want and need information.

United Way St. Croix Valley invites you to explore these links containing valuable parenting tips and resources.

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Success By 6 Pinterest Board Monitor Bios

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When developing our Success By 6 Pinterest page, we knew it was important for the boards to contain high-quality information, so we recruited local experts in each topic. Contact Success By 6 Consultant Mary Sue Ash for more information.

Kari Jo Fore

Kari Jo is the Board Monitor for Touch Smell Taste Hear See. She is the Director and Administrator of Bethel Highlands Preschool in Hudson. Kari Jo has over 20 years of experience in the field of early childhood education including parent education and training, federal EC grant reviews, speaking, writing and more.

Jennifer Goebel

Jennifer is the Board Monitor for Children with Special Needs. She is a Hudson, Wis. Early Childhood Special Education teacher.

Lisa Haverly

Lisa is the Board Monitor for Sensory-Motor Development - Building Muscles and Motor Control. Lisa has been an Occupational Therapist for 14 years with expertise in the sensory motor development of children. She works in the Somerset Schools and is the owner of Rainbow Tree Therapies, LLC in Hudson.

Erika Hybben, MS, CCC-SLP

Erika is the Board Monitor for Early Speech and Language Learning. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Jess Muszynski EdS NCSP

Jess is the Board Monitor for A Parent's Tool Box, Feelin' & Dealin' and Kids in the Kitchen. She works as a school psychologist in the Ellsworth Community School District.

Sara Sabelko

Sara is the Board Monitor for ABC's and 123's. She is the Pierce County Birth to Three program coordinator. Sara has been an early childhood special education teacher for over 12 years.

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United Way Suggests Five Key Ideas for New Parents

Mother and babyYou can help your child learn better and be happier just by following these five simple guidelines, developed for the “Born Learning” campaign of United Way and Civitas.

Understand and respond to your baby's needs

You can’t "spoil" an infant, so go to her when she fusses or cries. By responding to your baby’s cues, you teach her that you care about her needs and that she can trust you. Ignoring a baby’s needs can do harm by causing stress levels to rise. You may not always understand your baby’s cues, but be patient. This is a learning process for both you and your baby. If she likes what you are doing, you know you are getting it right.

Take care of yourself so you can care for your child

Becoming a parent can be overwhelming and exhausting. Unless you take care of yourself, you will have a hard time taking good care of your child. For this reason, it is important to have support from friends, family and community organizations. Do not be afraid to ask for help caring for your child.

Talk, sing and read to your child

Let your child hear your voice as much as possible – it does not matter what you say to him. The newborn brain is especially interested in sound. You can form a deep emotional connection between you and your child by simply sharing the sound of your voice with him. Sounds also are important to a newborn because they are building blocks of speech and language.

Create a predictable world for your child

Providing routines and expected responses gives your child a sense that the world is a trustworthy place. It also teaches him that he can depend on you. If your child understands this, he will spend less energy fussing over his needs and more time learning. Routines can include basic activities like feeding and bathing.

Provide a warm and loving environment

Helping your child feel safe and secure is the key to encouraging growth and development. A child who feels loved will have an easier time learning about the world around her. Therefore, make sure you interact with your child, providing love and affection.

Success By 6 is an initiative that aims to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood development, increase access to services, and advocate for public policies to improve young children’s lives.

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Early Childhood Research

For more general information and studies on early childhood development, visit the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. For research on the importance of funding early childhood education during a recession, visit the Partnership for America's Economic Success. To learn about the importance of children reading by the end of third grade, visit KIDS COUNT Data Center.

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