Office for Children Alert:
Early Childhood Programs and Services, Helping Your Child Love to Learn- Copies are available in English, Arabic, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. During these challenging times, it may provide simple experiences you can enjoy with their children as part of their daily routines at home.
Hand To Hold- a non-profit organization that hosts virtual NICU support groups as well as parenting support groups for families
Fairfax County Public Schools- Parent Resource Center- offers free virtual parent workshops and parent consultations
Zero to Three- This article focuses on self-care for parents during your time at home with your child. https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3262-young-children-at-home-during-the-covid-19-outbreak-the-importance-of-self-care And how to help explain society’s changing behaviors during COVID 19 to your little ones.
American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy parenting- Tips to help keep calm and manage the stress of being at home with the children
COVID- 19 Tool Kit from University of North Carolina’s AFIRM (Autism Focused Resources and Modules)– Research-based strategies, tools, examples and templates to provide structure, social narratives, visual aids, and calming strategies for individuals who benefit from more structure and supports during these uncertain and changing times. We love these ideas for parents with kids who have Autism, however they are helpful any parent looking for guidance to build schedules during their day, implement a simple reward system and how to explain COVID-19 to their children.
Fairfax County Public Library - Story times read aloud and recorded by FCPL Librarians
Fairfax County Early Literacy -Early literacy resources and virtual Library Challenges for all ages from Fairfax County Public Library. Check out the Just For Kids Access Video for visual books!
PBS KIDS for Parents- Tips and activities for ages 2 to 8 for a variety of educational topics, such as social skills and self-awareness- also check out the articles at the bottom of the page in the “Raising Kids Who Thrive” section.
Goodnight with Dolly- Dolly Parton reads Imagination Library books live every week for 10 weeks on Thursday nights at 7pm EST starting April 2 via Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Previous readings are also available. To check availability and register for the Imagination Library nearest you.
Zero to Three - During our playgroups, we often hear the question, “how do I teach my child how to share?” Zero to Three is a great resource for parents to practice sharing at home with your child before we start having playdates again. Check out other evidence-based resources from Zero to Three on early childhood development topics, and find resources for early learning in areas like play and communication and language development
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - A variety of early childhood and family resources, free downloadable materials, developmental milestone information and an app to track your child’s development.
Pathways - Free resources to help understand, track, and encourage your baby’s milestones for the best possible outcomes.
Vroom - Find and sign up to receive activity ideas to engage your child during any and every step of your day. There is also an app to get activity ideas on the go!
Babycenter - Receive personalized emails about your child’s development, pregnancy and more.
Maryland Department of Education, Healthy Beginnings - Specifically designed for caregivers of infants and toddlers from birth through age three, Healthy Beginnings gives you knowledge and support around child care and child development, while our Activity Planner provides you with fun, developmentally appropriate activities that build young children’s skills and promote all kinds of learning.
Talk with Me Baby - Learn about why it is so important to sharing lots of loving conversation with your baby early on, and why it’s important to speak in your family’s native language. There is also an app!
Here are some websites of our community partners who often support ITC family events. Check out what they have to offer online!
Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts
Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts prepares our youngest children for a lifetime of learning by empowering teachers to use active, arts-integrated learning strategies in the early childhood classroom. Our professional development offerings align with curriculum standards and best practices for early childhood educators and administrators, childcare providers, and special education and ESL/ELL specialists. For more information please visit Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.
Fairfax County Public Library Resources – Early Literacy
Early literacy is what children know about communication, language — verbal and non-verbal — reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Research shows that children get ready to read years before they start school. Help children learn important skills now so they can become good readers later. To learn more about Fairfax County Public Library Early Literacy resources please visit An Overview of Early Literacy - Early Literacy - FCPL Curated Content at Fairfax County Government.
Fairfax County Parks and Recreation Adapted Programs
Adapted programs offer a more structured environment and a lower staff ratio. Individuals in these programs typically have not yet developed the skills necessary for participation in an inclusive setting. For more information please visit Adapted Recreation Programs for Customers with Disabilities.
Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation Services
Therapeutic Recreation Services provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to develop the skills that enable them to participate in the recreation and leisure programs of their choice.
Staff is committed to providing services, education, and resources to meet the needs of participants and assist them on the road toward lifelong participation and enjoyment in recreation and leisure activities. Staff also provides support and advocacy to individuals who wish to participate in general recreation activities. For more information about Therapeutic Recreation Services please visit Neighborhood and Community Services Therapeutic Recreation Services.