Food & Nutrition

WIC: Supplements for nutritional food to keep baby healthly and happy

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WIC provides monthly benefits for buying nutritious foods, breastfeeding support and guidance to improve participants’ health and nutrition.

Special Needs & Early Intervention

Child Development Screening: What to expect and how it can help

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While every child develops at their own pace, a parent will often recognize when their child needs extra help, if they know how to look. See how answering some key questions can guide parents, teachers and health care providers to understand and meet a child’s unique needs.

Health & Safety

Water Safety: Protecting babies and young children summer and year-round

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Teaching young children water safety can help make water play more enjoyable for all.

Child Care & Early Education

Choosing a child care provider: 5 things to check out

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The right child care fit for your family may depend on a lot of factors, including the age and needs of the child, what’s available in your area, and the type of care you feel most comfortable with.

Food & Nutrition

From pyramid to plate: A simpler approach to healthy eating

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A lot of us grew up with the food pyramid. Its wide base represented the foods we should eat in the largest amounts. The pointed top showed foods we should eat less of.

Health & Safety

Choosing and using car seats: Creating a safer ride for children of every age

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Using car seats has dramatically reduced harm to children involved in crashes. Many parents—especially new ones—have questions about how to choose the right car seat and what type of seat to use as children grow.

Child Care & Early Education

SC Child Care Scholarships: helping parents afford quality care

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Many parents with young children face a tough choice. A job or more education can bring in more money to the household. But to go to work, classes, or job training means paying for child care, an extra expense that may be hard to afford.

Food & Nutrition

Affording Food: Where to go when your family needs help

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Being able to provide enough healthy food for children is a concern for many families, so if you’re struggling to put food on your family’s table, you’re not alone.

Parenting & Family Support

Raising a reader: 5 ways to engage young children with books

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Parents are told all the time that helping children read is one of the most important things they can do for their child’s education. But how does a new parent with a baby or a parent with a toddler who won’t sit still use this advice?

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

What Makes a Child Ready to Learn?

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Ready for kindergarten is more than being the right age by the right date. Years of study have shown that when children enter kindergarten with certain abilities, they are better ready to learn. Starting off well in kindergarten helps children be more successful through their years in school.

Parenting & Family Support

Sleeping Like a Baby: Understanding an infant’s needs

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Sleep is essential to development from the moment a child is born. Sleep behaviors and patterns shift significantly in a child’s first year, so it’s important for parents to be aware of their baby’s changing needs.

Food & Nutrition

Food Allergies: What Parents Need to Know

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It’s always wise to talk to a pediatrician about your child’s reactions to foods, how best to introduce foods, and your specific concerns. With more information about food allergies, you can make better choices that reduce fear, avoid serious risks, and help children tolerate food better.

Child Care & Early Education

From Scribbles to Letters: Marking Your Child’s Path to Writing

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Not long after their first birthday, most children will start to make marks with a fat crayon or pencil on paper. This is a child’s first step in learning handwriting, an essential skill that promotes better reading and readiness for school.