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Free tools for parents with young children (sponsored)

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The Children's Cabinet provides free resources for parents. Image credit Jeramie Lu Photography. Used with permission.

Did you know that 90% of a child’s brain develops before age 5?The Children’s Cabinet is a family’s number one resource to support their development during this critical time. A parent is a child’s first and most important teacher to turn everyday moments into “brain-building moments!”

Free resources available from The Children’s Cabinet include the following:

Finding child care: The Children’s Cabinet is proud to connect parents with child care providers and parents can generate a licensed child care provider search 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by using an online database. Visit www.nevadachildcare.org or call 775-856-6200 and the team at The Cabinet will ask a variety of questions to locate care that best meets your and your child’s needs. The Children’s Cabinet can also provide financial assistance for child care for those that income qualify.

Developmental milestones: It is important to stay involved with a medical provider to ensure a child is reaching crucial milestones. Visit Nevada Act Early to get information on developmental milestones and agencies who assist if you suspect a developmental delay. If you want to see if your child’s development is on track, you can access an online developmental screening by contacting Cristal Roldan from The Children’s Cabinet at croldan@childrenscabinet.org or by calling (775) 856-0107.

HIPPY: The Children’s Cabinet offers a program call HIPPY, which stands for Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, an evidence-based home-visit program that improves child outcomes by supporting parents as the child’s first and most important teacher. Based on 25 years of research, this curriculum is available to youngsters starting at age 2 to age 5, leading up to kindergarten. With weekly activity packets, storybooks, and all the other materials needed for education, The Children’s Cabinet has trained community-based home visitors who support parents as they support their children. The goal is to create confidence in the family unit and broader learning experiences for the children. Available in Washoe County, parents can contact: Lisa Boneck, HIPPY Program Coordinator at lboneck@childrenscabinet.org or 775-291-3572.

Parenting classes: These free classes can help you understand the importance of play, how your child learns, how to support literacy, guidance techniques and so much more! Access the class list here.

Vroom: The Children’s Cabinet is a Vroom Partner! Vroom is a set of tools and resources designed to inspire families to turn everyday moments into “brain-building moments” by layering activities that are essential to healthy brain development onto existing routines. Download the app for personalized daily engagement activities with Apple or Android.

About The Children’s Cabinet

Established in Reno in 1985, The Children’s Cabinet exists to keep children safe and families together by offering services and resources that address unmet needs. Apart from early childhood development, The Children’s Cabinet also offers many other services including work experience programs, crisis intervention, and family counseling. As a non-profit agency, The Children’s Cabinet relies on community support to provide programs and services at no charge to children and their families. Visit www.childrenscabinet.org for more information or call 775-856-6200.

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