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ASPCA Animaland

The ASPCA's kids' site.  With tips for being responsible pet owners, a Pet of the Week, Spotlight, and News features.

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Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Developmental Milestones

"Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye bye" are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (crawling, walking, etc.)."

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Ounce of Prevention

The Ounce of Prevention Fund is dedicated to ensuring that, beginning at birth, children in low-income families can overcome the challenges of poverty and enter kindergarten fully prepared to achieve.  We believe it far more cost-effective, and caring, to help at risk children and their parents build healthy foundations than to treat problems later in life.

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Potty Training

Dr. Greene's website answers parents questions about potty training, and how best to help parents potty train their children.

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Potty training readiness checklist

Use the checklist below to measure your toddler's progress toward readiness, and keep in mind that starting before your child is truly ready doesn't mean you'll finish sooner — it's more likely that the process will just end up taking longer.

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Potty Training: How to get the job done

Learn when is a good time to begin potty training, tips for success, managing accidents, and when to seek medical advice.

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Preschooler Development

Learn what is normal development for toddlers, and when to be concerned.  Also in Spanish.

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Reading Rockets Tips for Parents of Toddlers

"Being a toddler is all about action. Encourage continued language development and interest in books and reading by keeping things lively and engaging. Everyday experiences are full of opportunities to engage in conversation and develop language skills. The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week. See what works best for your child."

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Parenting and Child Development Fact Sheets & Bulletins with titles such as “Parenting the First Year,” and “Tackling the Bullying Issue.” All sheets are also available in Spanish.

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Speech Development in the Infant and Toddler

With child speech development milestones and how parents can help.

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Tips for Parents: Teaching Babies Sign Language

In this Tips for Parents, learn more about teaching babies sign language so that they can communicate earlier.

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Toddler Milestone--Socialization

This article discusses when and how toddler socialization develops, what comes next, and when to be concerned.

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Toddlers' Speech and Talking

From the Berkeley Parents Network.  Resources and advice in a Q&A format.

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Toilet Training

Toilet training is a developmental milestone. It cannot be rushed. Adopting an attitude that it will eventually happen "will ease parents' frustration and protect the child's sense of esteem."

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Video: Born to Talk-Part 1

Understand the ways children learn language skills.

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Video: Born to Talk-Part 2

Learn the factors that affect a child's learning of language.

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Video: Wanted-Creative Kids

Understand how creativity and intelligence differ and how to measure your child's creativity.

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What are the Indications that My Toddler Needs a Speech Therapist?

The indications that your toddler may need to be seen by a speech therapist.  By Patrician McAleer-Hamaguchi, Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist.

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Zero to Three

“The Nation’s Leading Resource on the First Years of Life.”  Follow the “Parents” link to a “Parent’s A-Z” with articles on hundreds of topics, a tip of the week, FAQs, Brain Wonders (a section of the site devoted to brain development), and the national education campaign “The Magic of Everyday Moments.” It “is designed to help you and other caregivers understand and gain ideas for how to use simple, everyday moments to promote your child's social, emotional, and intellectual development.”

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