Resources for Families

Quality Start LA Resources for Families

Coronavirus Resources for Families: View the list of resources available for families to support on-going learning, health, and safety during Coronavirus closures.

Quality Start LA Literacy Toolkit (English) (Español) – Tips for making the most out of storytime and a Quality Start LA bookmark to go with it.

Holiday activity guides and child-friendly activity guides – We’ve compiled some great ideas for ways families and educators can introduce high-quality early learning moments all year!

Quality Start LA Booklists – Introduce high-quality early learning moments through these great books, organized by theme.

Read from the Start – Quality Start LA has teamed up with the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) System, the LA County Library (LACL) System, the Pasadena Public Library System and Sesame Street in Communities to create themed booklists, reading tips, and family activities all designed for families with children ages birth to five.

Child Development Resources and Information

Choosing Quality Child Care – Tips for families looking for quality programs.

Spot Quality!  – Play our interactive memory game to test your skills and learn the hallmarks of quality to look for when choosing a child care program.

Developmental Screenings Help Your Child Grow Up Healthy! Familiarize yourself with the CDC milestones to know what to expect as children grow. Regular developmental screenings with early childhood professionals can help keep track of your child’s developmental milestones and give you information and tools to support your child as they grow.

Teaching Differences and Similarities to Children Quality Start LA’s “Me and My Friends” e-book was created to help guide conversations about differences.

Kindergarten Readiness Checklist – Use this checklist to identify the skills you can help children develop in order to prepare them for lifelong learning.

All About Young Children: Information for Families on Children’s Early Development – Online publication providing resources in various languages for families based on the California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations and the California Preschool Learning Foundations. Families can find out what skills help children from birth to age five learn, how they learn language, how they learn about feelings and relationships, how they learn about numbers, and how they become skillful at moving their bodies.

Bright Futures/Child Care Health Partnership Handouts for Families – Information on what child care programs will be working on with a child based on the child’s age. Each handout includes tips, tools for healthy, active living, and questions for families to ask their health care professional.

The Parent Toolkit App is an online resource to help families navigate their child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. Also available in Spanish , the app allows families to access academic benchmarks, as well as health and wellness resources including physical development and nutritional information.

Vroom — Vroom is a source of creative tools and materials that inspire families to turn everyday moments into brain-building moments. It was developed with thoughtful input from parents, early childhood experts, neuroscientists, families and community leaders.

Learn the Signs. Act Early.  
From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. The CDC has provided a resource to track your child’s development and act early if you have a concern.

Sesame Street in Communities — When a child endures a traumatic experience, the whole family feels the impact. But, adults hold the power to help lessen the effects of trauma. Sesame Street has created a suite of resources to help children cope with trauma.

Talk. Read. Sing (First 5 CA):  First 5 CA has a variety of resources focused on early language, reading, brain, and motor development.  Resources include activities, downloads, videos and more!