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Zero to Three Play Resources

To everyone on ACES in Pediatrics --Education, Social Work, Medicine, Law and I apologize to all those I left out:

I like Resources especially free ones.  Zero to Three is my favorite Site.  For most of you who are younger and if you are a pediatrician -- You probably don't know that the AAP had on it's book site,  a series from AAP and Zero to Three called Healthy Minds (funded also by Gerber)... You purchased these as a one time set... I got mine in 2002.... and you could copy freely and distribute to parents....I love these handouts and still use them today... I think they are timeless...

Since then the Zero to Three has many more resources. A favorite of mine is the "Lets Play" App for cell phones (hoping it keeps the kids away from cell phones).  The app does do just that. It gives parents ideas of play activities for their young children when they are engaged in everyday activities.... Like cooking or cleaning or bath time.  These activities are about being together while the parent can still get other things done.... They also promote early child brain development.  Below I copied the play link for Zero to Three.... But would like to have a discussion.... What resources do you share with parents???... I have many more resources I will be adding that I use .... but here is the start of a great sharing experience- Please "share away" ....

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Little Kids Big Questions Another Great Resource from Zero to Three

I copy this page from Zero to Three and give it to all My parents. Also, sometimes in the Nursery, if I know the parent is a new parent with risk factors for negative child development, and the parent has  a cell phone (and I always make sure first they have affordable and reliable access) or a computer and have the ability to access this resource, I will take the time to sit with the new parent and listen to one of these podcasts …. and I stay with then the answer any questions they have after listening.  If they don't have access easily, we discuss the resource and will listen to a podcast relevant to being a new parent and I will answer questions.  But I encourage them If they do get the ability to listen to the others due to lack of resources, I give them the page for the link and then I let the referral agency in our instance most likely "early on" know of the resource so they can continue to do the work of listening to these as the child grows and the podcast becomes relevant in the future to share with the parent.  Don't know yet how successful I am with those who are most in need but the new parents with more resources are always telling me how they love the information I share. 

Building "Piece" of Mind --From the AAP working Group on Early Brain and Childhood Development.

I also use these handouts. I listed them in a Resource below.  They were endorsed by the leaders of the working group of the AAP on Early Brain and Childhood Development (Andrew Garner is the head of that group).

They are for:

1. Newborn Visit

2. 9 month Visit

3. 18 month Visit

4. 3 year Visit

I think they are really great when given along Healthy Minds, and then Recommending the Let's Play Application from Zero to Three. 

Thanks Kim. I haven't checked all these out yet but I will. I also like PBS kids their educational page which has science projects you can do at home with the kids.  I would want to make sure the activities do not promote screen time but I did see an article some time back that Sesame Street Viewing promotes pro-social behavior in toddlers.  The AAP doesn't recommend any screen time before the age of two and then It should be limited.  thanks for the Post. I will check back with you and let you know how I think they might fit in our peds office.  thanks.  


Many of my families have older children who could benefit from the short videos.  For my families with infants and toddlers, I would recommend the videos and "toolkits" geared for parents only.

Here are some of my favorite free resources that I share with the families that I work with.


From the Everything I need to Know, I Learned from Watching Sesame Street department, this site has apps, videos, and activities for parents and kids to help through challenging things like having an incarcerated parent, dealing with divorce, bullying, or just going to bed.  Available in English and Spanish.


From a partnership of the Bezos Family Foundation, Harvard University's Center for the Developing Child, University of Washington and NYU, this site and apps have activities for parents to do with their infants and toddlers to build their brains.  Again, encouraging parents to just glance at their phone for an idea and then engage in a real-life activity with their child:

We have a pilot study going on in Seattle right now:


Love Talk Play is a similar idea, with lovely handouts.  Thrive by Five is our local organization who put this together.  I just looked and realized that I am lucky to live in Washington where I can order their handouts free of charge, it looks like you can download and print them (English, Spanish, Russian, Somali, Vietnamese, and Chinese), and that they are working to make them available to families in other states.


text4baby allows expecting and new parents to receive free text messages about the health of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and infant development.  Parents put in their baby's due date (or birth date) and the messages match the timing of where the family is in the process.


I hope that you find these helpful.

Hi Kim, I put the sesame street page on my main webscreen and I downloaded the vroom app (thank you so much for sharing.   Maybe if it already hasn't been done you can put up the King County Brain Development Project up as a Blog??? Just a thought.  Thanks  for the information you shared. I will definitely use this. 

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