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starHelmets Do Little to Help Moderate Infant Skull Flattening, Study Findsstar
Luke Reissig wears a helmet that is supposed to correct for skull flatness. A new report says, however, that these helmets are ineffective. Pediatricians have long urged parents to put newborns to sleep on their backs to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome. While the practice undoubtedly has saved lives, it also has increased the numbers of babies with flattened skulls.

starDevelopmental Milestones from Birth - Three Years Oldstar

starFree Reproducible Language and Early Literacy Activitiesstar
To download materials go to www.walearning.com and click on the purple button that says "Free Parent Education Handouts" on the home page. Look for the "On the Go" file to download the materials in PDF format. The new materials are designed to encourage parents to interact with their children while they are "On the Go" to facilitate language, early literacy, and positive parent-child interactions. The materials include 14 activities as well as accompanying hints for each of the activities about how to modify the activities to meet the specific developmental needs of the child.

starMI Parents: Free Services Help Children Succeed in Childcarestar

Are you a parent or child care provider looking for help with a difficult child between the ages of 0 to 5 or in need of resources to best handle tantrums, aggression, biting, or possible developmental delays?  The Care Connections program offers free services designed to help young children succeed in any child care setting.  To find out more please call Ms. Lynnell Morrison at (313) 531-2500 ext. 2125. 

starEarly Signs of Autism Spectrum Disordersstar
A list of early signs of autism spectrum disorders from The Help Group - a non-profit organization that runs a series of specialized schools in California for children with autism spectrum disorders.

starChildproofing and Preventing Household Accidentsstar

Is Your Home Safe? Although many people usually think of babies and toddlers when they hear the words "babyproofing" or "childproofing," unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 years old and under, with more than a third of these injuries happening at home (also available in Spanish).

starReport: Proven Benefits of Early Childhood Interventionstar

Recently released research identifies the most effective practices and features of early intervention programs, based on a literature review and analysis. The study focused on diverse programs throughout the country that offered parent education and support, including home visits, center-based visits, or a combination. Information is available in three forms: The 200+ page report  is available for purchase, a 3-page research brief is available at no charge in PDF, along with a 20-page summary, also free in PDF.



Quick Links: Early Childhood-related Sites

State of Michigan's Early On Website

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)

Office of Special Education & Early Intervention Services (OSE-EIS)

National Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL)


Quick Links: Other Sites of Interest


Michigan Alliance for Families

Connect For Kids

Department of Community Health

LDA of Michigan

Education News

Autism Society of Michigan

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (DD)

Special Ed Law Center

Partnership for Learning

Michigan Public Schools Online

No Child Left Behind

U.S. Department of Education (DOE)

U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)

National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE)


VSA Arts of Michigan