- Books About Childcare and Preschools
Books for parents and children about childcare, preschool, and kindergarten readiness.
- Books for Babies: Readings for the First Year
Read aloud choices for baby’s early learning, including board books, books for language development, and rhymes and songs.
- Books for 2’s and 3’s
Fun books, classic books, fact books! Two and three year olds can’t get enough of the exciting books on this list.
- Children’s Activity Ideas for Childcare Providers
Caregivers can never have enough good ideas to keep children busy! Keep the tv turned off, and young minds happily engaged with help from this booklist.
- Children’s Activity Ideas for Parents
Selected books of games and activities just right for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
- Eat and Read: A Nutrition Booklist
Sharing children’s stories about eating will stimulate anyone’s appetite!
- Healthy Reading
Books from the collection of the Santa Clara City Library to help your child get to his or her body and learn about healthy habits – hand washing, toileting, etc.
- Literature for 4’s (and 5’s)
Preschoolers love stories that spark their imaginations, reek of adventure, and teach them things they’ve never known about before. It is a pleasure to read with them. Enjoy!
- Picture Book Versions of Nursery Rhymes, Songs and Stories in Rhyme for ages 1-3
Rhyming and singing are important steps in a child’s language and literacy development; and both parents and children will love these beautifully illustrated versions.
- Reading and Writing Play Materials
Encourage your child’s interest in reading and writing by giving them access to the materials listed here. Don’t stick them up on a shelf! Keep them at a child friendly level so that your child can initiate their use.
Early Learning and Reading
- Baby Rhymes and Songs
From bounces to lullabies, these first songs and nursery rhymes will spark baby’s love of language. Great to use when baby is too wiggly to sit still for books.
- Colorín Colorado
Colorín Colorado is the Spanish language version of Reading Rockets, giving parents and caregivers practical suggestions for encouraging reading and learning.
- Leading to Reading
Watch videos to learn fingerplays and reading techniques, play games, and learn all about making the most of your reading time with your child.
- Preschool Fingerplays
From the “Eensy, Weensy Spider” to “Wheels on the Bus,” all your child’s favorites are here to learn and enjoy. Songs and fingerplays are great ways to give busy children exposure to rich language when they won’t sit still.
- Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets, a PBS project, provides accurate, accessible information for parents, teachers, and caregivers on how to teach kids to read and help those who struggle. Useful sections include the Reading Tips for Parents, which are available in multiple languages, and cover children from infancy through grade three.
- Rhymes in Spanish / Rimas Infantiles
Fingerplays and songs in Spanish.
- Tips for Families As Their Child’s First Teacher
A basic list of simple activities to do every day with your child.
- Tips to Make Your Child Smarter
Believe it or not, talking, reading, and singing are all it takes!
- Toddler Fingerplays
Easy rhymes and movement activities to enhance your busy toddlers coordination and motor development.
Health and Nutrition
Easy-to-read, reproducible fact sheets geared to the concerns of parents and child care providers on health topics and child care site management. Don't miss the "Box of Fun" which features no cost activities for children, parents and caregivers.
- Family Doctor.org
Easy to read information on topics for all members of the family, with a section just for parents and children. Topics include changing your child's behavior, toilet training and babyproofing,
- Healthy Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics created this site with accessible child and teen health information. A vast array of topics are covered, like car seat safety and reducing the risk of SIDS.
- Kids Health
KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years. By providing topic sections for parents, kids, and teens, Kids Health also fosters healthy communication between parents and children on important life issues.
- Meals Matter
Meals Matter helps busy families plan and eat nutritious meals with less fuss and bother. Take a look at Healthy Eating for Your Preschooler or Healthy Meal Ideas. Articles are also provided in Spanish.
- Medline Plus. Children and Teenagers
This listing of common and serious conditions and illnesses offers links to a variety of articles, including in Spanish.
- Safe Kids USA
Tips on all potential safety risks for children, including car and booster seats, choking, and toy safety.
- USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs
Find out about and apply for USDA programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program) and Women, Infants and Children.
- Bay Area Parent Silicon Valley
A little heavy on advertising, but Bay Area Parent’s Silicon Valley Guides: b.a.b.y. (for new and expecting parents), Preschool and Childcare Finder, Summer Survival Guide (camps & activities), and Navigator (family friendly places to go), make it essential reading for local parents.
- The Children’s Health Council
The Children’s Health Council provides assessment and treatment for a wide range of children’s physical and emotional problems. The goal is to help children reach their maximum potential and teach them strategies to overcome challenges.
- Choices for Children
Choices for Children supports healthy child care environments for young children through nutrition programs at child care sites, parent and caregiver education, and child care subsidies for families in need.
- Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County
4Cs is a non-profit agency that serves as the community child care link for families and child care professionals in Santa Clara County. Services include referrals for both parents and child care providers, and training and workshops for child caregivers, and information about subsidized childcare.
- HeadStart A federally funded preschool program for children 3 to 4 years of age offering half-day and full-day programs. Eligibility is based on family size, income and need.
- Healthy Families California
Healthy Families California provides low-cost health, dental and vision coverage to children and teens who do not have insurance and do not qualify for free Medi-Cal.
- First 5 Santa Clara County
First 5’s goal is to support the healthy development of children through age 5. It funds and sponsors essential services for young children and their families, including children's health insurance, training for early childhood teachers, parenting skills and arts and early literary programs. The First 5 website also offers extensive parenting information on many topics, such as School Readiness - Tips for Parents & Caregivers, and local resources for health and well-being.
- Las Madres
Going strong for more than three generations, Las Madres is a non-profit umbrella organization for neighborhood play groups organized by child’s birth year. By joining (for a modest fee) families receive benefits including parenting workshops, support groups, and discount tickets for local events.
- Parents Helping Parents
PHP provides lifetime guidance, supports and services to children with any special need, their families and the professionals who serve them. The organization is staffed by parents of children with different types of special needs.; who understand the challenges, fears and joys of parenting a special needs child.
- Parents Place- The Peninsula
Parents Place, with offices in San Mateo and Palo Alto, is a family resource center, providing parents with education and counseling about parenting, and also offers a wide variety of parent-child play groups.
- The Saavy Source: Powered by Parents for Parents
Find information on San Francisco Bay Area preschools, camps and classes, and things to do.
- Santa Clara County CEL (Central Eligibility List)
Santa Clara County CEL enables families to submit one application to have access to all programs for which they qualify, and allows subsidized child development providers to find children that are eligible for their programs. Families are ranked by eligibility factors such as income, size and need.
- Santa Clara City Library: Children’s Calendar
Find out what’s going on at the library for children on every day of the week.
- Santa Clara Parks and Recreation: Activities and Classes
Our Parks and Recreation Department offers activities for the whole family, including “Parent and Child Activities” and “Preschool Adventures in Learning.”
- Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank is a non-profit agency that collects and distributes food to help people who cannot afford to buy groceries. Low-income people of all ages are welcome, regardless of immigration status. Use the phone hotline to find out about food programs in your neighborhood. Staff members speak English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
- Today’s Mama: Bay Area Mama
A modern mom’s village square, with a daily calendar of events and local blog.
- Trustline: California’s Background Check for In-Home Child Care
A database of nannies and babysitters who have cleared criminal background checks through the California Department of Justice and the FBI.
- Where Can We Go? Outings for the Youngest
Bored? Nothing to do? Look no further than this list of great places to go between San Francisco and San Jose. Experiences are one of the lynch pins of early learning, and they are a great way to enjoy quality time with any child. Enjoy!
Parenting, Childcare, and Parent Education
- About.com: Living with Your Child with Special Needs
Find support for raising a special needs child, and strategies to help them gain life skills and security.
- Child Care Aware
Everything you need to know to find quality child care, including Five Steps to Choosing Quality Child Car and Evaluating Providers.
- Commonsense Media
Confused by the vast number of movies, video games, phone apps, television programs, etc. that your child might be tuned in to? Commonsense Media gives you the real scoop on what’s best for what age, and also offers lists of the best of all things media and electronic for families.
- Dr. Toy
Visit Dr. Toy’s website for recommendations on age appropriate toys with lots of play value before you head to the toy store for those birthday gifts!
- Family Education
Popular interest parenting topics aimed at moms and other parents. Gives everything from printable games and coloring sheets to advice from parents and recipes.
- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
Find recommendations for the best in children’s toys, books, and media here.
- PBS Parents offers something for everyone- including a child development tracker, issues and advice, food and fitness, your role as your child's first teacher, and even birthday parties!
- Preschool Express by Jean Warren
Veteran early childhood development author Jean Warren offers age appropriate, pedagogically sound learning activities for parents and child care providers. Especially valuable are the toddler activities, party, and art ideas.
- Preschool Selection Checklist & Observation Visit
Use this list when visiting prospective preschools to know what to look for and how to evaluate them.
- Provider-Parent Relationships
Children are most successful when parents and child care providers work together. This website addresses common issues that need a united front, such as positive discipline, and family-child relationships.
- Zero to Three
Zero to Three focuses on how children learn and grow from birth to 3 years, and translates the science of early childhood into strategies parents can tailor to their unique family situation and to the needs of their child. Helpful articles include Helping Your Child Learn to Talk.