Child Care Toolkit
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Are things going well with your child? Would you like more information?


Is there something I can read with my child?


Click here for a children's book list

Are there apps available with fun activities?

Feel Electric (by Sesame Street/Sesame Workshop)

Android and iPhone (Free)

This interactive app empowers children to explore their emotions by building expressive vocabulary skills.


Let Me Talk: Free AAC Talker (by AppNotize UG)
Android and iPhone (Free)
This app supports communication in all areas of life and therefore providing a voice to everyone. You can line up images in a meaningful way to make a sentence, also known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication.


Crayola ColorStudio HD (by Griffin Technology)
iPhone (free)
This app turns any iPad into a colorful drawing pad, without ruining the wallpaper or table.


Baby Sign & Sing (by Baby Sign & Learn)
Android and iPhone (free)
If you are interested in doing pre-speech Sing & Sign with your baby, this offers a visual dictionary. Great fun for parent and child and it helps with development, too.


Kids Builders (by SWIZZMAGIK LLC)
iPhone and Android (free)
This app includes easy activities to help your child grow in six areas: his or her mind, words, body, relationships, safety and health. These activities engage your child's various skills and encourage them to move about and explore their surroundings.


Where can I get more information on childcare?


Find valuable information on childcare at the Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council. Click here.


Where can I find more information on parenting?


Text4Baby is a free mobile phone information service designed to promote health and safety for pregnant moms and their babies. All messages received from Text4baby on the majority of carriers are free! Click here to subscribe.


Learn how children's earliest relationships with parents and caregivers can promote healthy brain development, strengthen social and emotional skills, and support language and literacy development starting from birth. Click here.


Click here for eight practical tips and positive solutions for parents of young children with challenging behavior.


This Backpack Connection Series is a collection of handouts for parents and caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. Click here to see handouts.


Contact Help Me Grow at 1.866.GROW.025 (1.866.476.9025) or use this online portal in English or Spanish to enter your questions or concerns and to learn more about available parenting resources in Orange County.