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You are your child's first teacher!

Children are born learners and the get ready to read years before they go to school.

Children develop much of their capacity for learning in the first three years of life.

Children with books in the home have a better chance for a good start in school.

Children who enjoy being read to are more likely to want to learn to read themselves.

Help your child get ready to read with these simple activities.

You are the key to your child's success.

When you read, talk, sing, and play with your child, you're stimulating the growth of your child's brain and building the connections that will become the building blocks for reading and for life-long learning.

Find out more about what you can do to help your baby and toddler or your preschooler get ready to read.


Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
Parent and early childhood education for families with children between birth and kindergarten age.

Early Childhood Screening (Saint Paul Public Schools)
Identify the health and developmental needs of young children before entering kindergarten.

Early Learning Programs (Minnesota Department of Education)
Local programs and statewide resources to help children receive the best start.

Parent Aware
Rating tool for selecting high-quality child care and early education.

Reading Rockets
Teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle.

Think Small
Services, resources, and advocacy for early childhood education in Minnesota, including the Debra S. Fish Early Childhood Resource Library.


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How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus

Just being in the presence of a compassionate, safe adult can help kids calm down. As families, we can be “that person” for each other.


Discover more resources, news, and staff picks for the very young.

Birth to Kindergarten

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