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For Families

Raising a child takes a village. No one person can do it themselves. What can you do and where can you
go to ensure you are setting your child up for success!

1. Home Visitation Programs

 

You have a beautiful new baby. What is the first thing you can do to ensure you and your baby’s
health and wellness. Contact the St. Louis Home Visitation Collaborative to find the best home
visitation program for you. 

 

2. Parenting Cafes and Classes

 

The best support can simply be meeting, sharing and learning from other parents in your community
who have young children.
Join a Parent Café at: https://www.visionforchildren.org/collaboration/project-launch/#join-us
Join a free parenting class with S.T.A.R. at https://www.star4eceinc.com/contact-us

 

3. Early Childhood Education.

 

Enroll your child in a quality early childhood program. Whether it is a home-based center, a private
childcare facility, a Head Start program, or a public school PreK program, enroll your child as soon as
possible. For information about quality, affordable childcare programs and resources go to:
https://mochildcareaware.org/parents-families/looking-for-child-care-resources/

 

4. The Public Library

 

Visit your public library!!! Families who spend time at libraries and read aloud daily as a family– are set
up for success in school and in life. (And, in St. Louis, our public libraries are now fine free!!)
St. Louis Public Library: slpl.org
St. Louis County Library: slcl.org
Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis: http://www.mlc-stl.org/6

 

5. Summer Learning

 

During the summer, keep the learning happening by enrolling your child in a safe, fun, quality program.
Visit BluePrint4Summer STL for a list of summer programs throughout the St. Louis area.
https://blueprint4.com/stl/

 

6. Talk, Take Turns, Tune In, and READ with your child daily!!

 

Engage in a wealth of early literacy resources available online in our community at:
        Nine PBS Caregiver’s Toolkit: https://www.ninepbs.org/learningtoolkit/
        YMCA https://gwrymca.org/reading-resources
        LUME Family Education – VROOM https://www.lumeinstitute.org/vroom
        Missouri’s Early Care & Education Connections: https://earlyconnections.mo.gov/
        Reading Rockets: https://www.readingrockets.org/audience/parents