From the minute your child is born, they are constantly learning –
about you, themselves, and the world around them.
Check out the resources below to find ways to encourage your little one’s curiosity and strengthen their early learning skills. You’ll also find helpful resources on selecting a high-quality preschool program and preparing for kindergarten.
You are your child’s first teacher, but you don’t need a lesson plan or
the latest toys to teach him or her new things - just your words, songs, and
From day one, you can teach your little one new language skills just by sharing loving, everyday moments. Below are some simple ways to exercise your baby’s brain and help it grow bigger and stronger!
When your child is between the ages of 2 ½ and 3, you will have the option to place him or her into a preschool classroom. Studies show that children who attend high-quality preschool have higher math and reading skills, are better prepared for kindergarten, behave better in class, and are even more likely to graduate from high school and go on to college.
There are many factors to consider when looking for the right
preschool, and it may take time to find the right one for you and your little
one. When choosing a preschool for your
child, look for one that will help your child learn at his or her own pace –
but remember, children learn through play and preschool should be fun!
When comparing different programs, here are a few things to consider:
Free preschool programs are available in Santa Clara County for families who qualify. Click here to learn more about the Head Start program and the eligibility requirements.
kindergarten is an exciting adventure for kids and families! It is a new
beginning for learning and for developing
friendships, confidence, and independence.
It is normal for both you and your child to have questions and even feel anxious about starting school.
FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, in collaboration with First 5 San Mateo County, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, is pleased to provide this handbook to help you prepare your child for a successful launch into the kindergarten adventure!
Inside, you’ll find information about:
Check out our early learning podcasts to learn simple ways to help strengthen your child’s early literacy skills, ensure they are prepared for success in kindergarten, and much more!View Podcasts
Reading to young children helps build essential skills for school and life. Not only is reading fun, research shows young children who spend time reading with their families enter kindergarten better prepared. Listen to our podcast on the value of early literacy.
Early Learning and Literacy Development
Featuring Diane W. Frankenstein
Author of Reading Together: Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read
Early language and literacy development begins in the first three years of life and is closely linked to a child’s earliest experiences with books and stories.
The interactions that young children have with such literacy materials as books, paper, crayon and with the adults in their lives are the building blocks for language, reading and writing development.
This relatively new understanding of early literacy development complements the current research supporting the critical role of early experiences in shaping brain development.
True or false? The most prepared kid for kindergarten is the smartest? Listen to find out the answer.
For the first time in over sixty years, California’s kindergartens will undergo a significant change. Tune in to hear from California State Senator Joe Simitian, the man behind the Kindergarten Readiness Act — coming to your school this year.