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December-Safe Toys and Gifts (click here for more)
Thousands of children are seen in emergency rooms every year for toy-related injuries. More than one-third if toy-related injuries occur in children under the age of 5 years.
Whether you are shopping for children or have children of your own, take a moment to think about the toys you plan on buying this Holiday season and remember these tips to keep everyone safe!
- Always read the package for warning labels and age recommendations
- Check the toy to make sure there are no potential choking hazards before letting the child play
- Store toys in a bin or container when play time is over
- Get rid of broken toys, as they may increase the risk of injury
- Look for labels stating the toy is non-toxic and lead free
- Sign up to receive emails for toy recalls and safety alerts
- If child is using a riding toy, make sure they always wear a helmet and are supervised
Read a New Book Month
The idea for Read a New Book Month is not just to inspire booklovers to keep reading during this busy time of year, but also to encourage parents to expose emerging readers to a variety of books. Perhaps you haven't had the time to read, or have become bored with the usual reading material. Whatever the reason, this is a perfect time to start fresh... and model being a reader for your kids. If you're buying books as gifts, consider the recipients age, and interest. You might begin by checking a best seller list to find out what others are reading. Then visit a local bookstore and pick a book that your loved one will enjoy!
For more information on book titles and activities visit your local library or go to:
Coats and Car Seats
As winter approaches, parents everywhere bring out winter coats to keep their children warm during travel. However, thick winter coats can compromise children's care seat safety. In order for a car seat to function properly, the straps need to remain tight against a child's chest. Winter coats make car seat safety difficult because they change the way a child fits into the car seat. When car seat straps don't fit the child properly there is a chance that the child could be injured in the event of a crash. Keep thickness and car seat safety in mind when buying winter coats. Polar fleece and down jackets are warm but thin, making them a smart choice for winter wear!
For more information go to: www.safekids.org
2018 First 5 Solano Calendar
The 2018 First 5 Solano calendar is ready for distribution. The calendar is organized around monthly themes that relate to developmental milestones, monthly observances, and other important information about young children. The material in the calendar helps parents and caregivers create fun activities for their children and provide information about their child's health and development, as well as information on resources in the community. The calendar is FREE and is available in English and Spanish. Ordering is simple; just go click on the "I want to order a calendar" link on the left side of this page
Help Me Grow- Resource and Referral
|Help Me Grow Solano is a community-based resource and referral center that connects families, caregivers and educators to services related to health, development, behavior, and learning in children ages birth through five years, as well as a variety of other community services. Help Me Grow Specialists offer a non-judgmental and compassionate approach, listening, and finding services that are appropriate and available for the child(ren) and family, including follow-up to make sure the services were provided. Help Me Grow Specialists are accessible Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 5:00 PM by calling the toll-free number (844) 501-KIDS (5437), through helpmegrowsolano.org, or at Solano Family & Children's Services: (707) 864-4634. |
Monthly Observances Education & Development Family Resources
First 5 Solano holds regular meetings; please click this link for schedule and agenda details.