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NYS Parent Guide

Welcome to the Parent Guide for children and their caregivers: Starting life together

This is your Guide, the story of the first five years of your parenting journey. Whether you are the mother or father (through birth, adoption, or foster care), a grandparent, partner, family friend, aunt or uncle with parenting responsibilities, what you say and do in your role as a parent matters.

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the parent guide

What to Expect as My Child Develops

Learn what to expect and how to prepare as you and your child develop over the first five years of life together.

Building Strong Families

Research has found that there are five features called protective factors that help make a strong and healthy family.

What Every Parent Should Know

Five key parenting behaviors you can use to build a strong, trusting and positive relationship with your child

E-Journaling Tools

Journals can be an important tool that can help you and your baby during the beginning years of your journey together.

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