Parent & Child Activities
Helping Your Preschool Child is published by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Communication and Outreach and is a valuable resource for parents with children under the age of 5. The comprehensive booklet offers parents a list of activities designed to be fun for both the parent and child as well as to help the child gain the skills needed to get ready for school. A Ready-for-School checklist is included in English and Spanish below.
Babies & TV
A 2009 study by Common Sense Media weighs the pros and cons of baby programming and reminds parents, they are their baby’s first and best teacher! Did you know that each hour of viewing baby DVDs/videos is associated with lower vocabulary development for infants?
Food for thought, the study also showed 61% of babies under 2 years old spend time in front of a screen and 14% of babies are in front of a television or computer for two or more hours a day and 9% of children 1 year or younger have a TV in the bedroom.
Did you know that humans have a left-side cradling bias? According to Psychology Today (January 2010), most humans hold babies so their head is nestled against their left elbow. Positioned this way, babies’ expressions are processed first by the emotional right brain, allowing for faster communication of the baby’s needs and stronger bonding.
Visit Your Local Library
The library is an excellent place to spend with the entire family – especially for your preschooler. Visit any one of the Dallas Public Library locations to check out books for your preschooler. To obtain a free library card, fill out a library card application (adult application or child application) and take the completed application to any branch or at the Central Library. Adults are required to show name and address identification, and children need a parent’s signature to complete the application process.
Community Council of Greater Dallas
The Community Council of Greater Dallas offers an online directory of services. If you have access to a computer, this is an efficient way to find assistance immediately. To help you get started, a sample search is listed below:
1. Open a new web browser and type in the following website address or simply click on it here: http://www.rtmdesigns.net/ccgd.
2. Type in your zip code in the yellow box or select Dallas County from the drop down menu. For this example, type 75237.
3. Review choices listed in the Service Category. For this example, select the first link, Basic Needs. If you need assistance with something not listed here, look at the pink box and type in your word in the blank text box.
4. The webpage will look the same except for the right-hand side. It will ask you to narrow your search. If you are in need of financial assistance with bills for example, click on Temporary Financial Aid. A list of items in alphabetical order will appear. If you need assistance with your water bill this month, scroll down to “W” and look for Water Bill Payment Assistance. Click once.
5. This page will let you know if any service agencies are available in your area. The search for the 75237 zip code came up with 5 agencies. If you see one listed near you, give them a call during the listed business hours.
6. If you have trouble using the website, contact your Family Advocate at your child’s center to assist you with your search.
Call the following clinics for dental appointments if your child is receiving Texas Health Steps (THS)/Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or is uninsured.
- Bluitt-Flowers COPC Dental Clinic. 303 Overton Road, Dallas 75216. 214-266-4280.
- DeHaro-Saldivar COPC Dental Clinic. 1400 N. Westmoreland, Dallas 75211. 214-266-0630.
- East Dallas COPC Dental Clinic. 3320 Live Oak, 4th floor, Dallas 75204. 214-266-1170.
- Garland COPC Clinic. 802 Hopkins, Garland 75040. 214-266-0760.
- McKinney Dental Clinic. 825 N. McDonald, McKinney 75069. 972-424-1470 ext. 15580.
- Dental Clinic of Collin County. 900 E. Park Boulevard, Plano 75075. 972-633-3380.
- Farmers Branch/Carrollton. 13551 Dennis Lane, Farmers Branch 75234. 972-241-2259.
- THS/Medicaid: Children ages 1-20 years. Bring current THS/Medicaid card. Transportation Call: 1-877-847-8377 (toll-free).
- CHIP: Children ages 1-18. Bring CHIP card and Social Security card. Low-Income/Uninsured Children:
- UNINSURED: children ages 3-18 years; co-pay is $15.00 each visit. Must bring proof of income (check stubs, income tax form, notarized letter from employer).
North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank Education and Outreach Program can help with applications for Food Stamps, TANF, CHIP, and Medicaid. For more information, call 214-330-1396 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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