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NYS Parent Guide

Prenatal: Growth and Development

Baby On the Way

Supporting Learning and Curiosity

Supporting Learning and Curiosity

Think of someone who helped you explore and learn—in or out of school. What did that person say and do to spark your curiosity? Make it possible for you to discover new things and ideas as a child? Your child will need you to support his learning. One way to begin is to explore and learn about services and organizations in your community that will support you and your family today and in your child’s early years.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Browse this website —and check out the other resources in your New Parent Kit. Were you aware there are so many resources out there for parents and families? Learn more, follow up. Check out websites. Make a call. Or an appointment to go and visit a person or place with helpful information or services.
  • Take a look in the mirror. That person you are looking at is your baby’s most important teacher. Your voice, eyes, the expressions on your face are more interesting and valuable than the most expensive toy in the world.
  • Start to make your home a safe place for your baby to explore. Lie, then crawl on the floor. Your baby is going to be spending lots of time there—you too. Why not start going through a safety checklist to keep your little explorer safe and sound?
  • Think of people you would like to include in your baby’s life over time. People of different ages. Women and men. Who do you want besides yourself to influence and guide your child?
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