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Connect with your kids instead of your screen!
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents to help their children develop healthy media use habits early on.
- Children younger than 18 months, use of screen media other than supervised video-chatting should be discouraged.
- Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming and use them together with children, because this is how toddlers learn best.
- For children 2-3 years old, limit screen use to no more than 1 hour or less per day of high-quality programming
- For preschoolers and children in distance learning programs, screen time should be scheduled with plenty of time for breaks to do other activities together that are healthy for the body and mind (reading, teaching, talking, and playing together).
More screen time tips
Early Identification and Intervention
Families can wait months or years from the time they suspect their child has a developmental delay to the time they are screened or receive services. A new flowchart from First 5 Center for Children's Policy helps families, agencies, and policy makers understand the available paths to getting support. Click below for an online screening and/or access to the interactive flowchart.
Are you a parent who wants to do a developmental screening? Click here
to complete a developmental screening online through Help Me Grow Solano Visit the interactive flowchart
Looking for Childcare Options?
Solano Family and Children's Services can help find options for child care, how to pay for care, and other child care resources. Call (707) 863-3950, ext. 709 to begin the search for child care. Para español, por favor llame al (707) 864-4646 or click on the button below to complete a childcare referral form.
Carve or decorate pumpkins with members of your household and display them Carve or decorate pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends Decorate your house, apartment, or living space Have a virtual Halloween costume contest Have a Halloween movie night with people you live with Participate in vehicle-based gatherings like drive-in movies and drive-through attractions, or car parades where participants do not leave their vehicles.
Everything is a little different this year including Halloween, but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate safely!. Try some of these low risk family activities:
Keep in mind, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. Remember the safety protocols – wear a mask, watch your distance and wash your hands.
Guidance for celebrating Halloween safely
Veterans Day November 11th
Veterans Day is a U.S. federal holiday that honors American veterans of all wars — whether or not they currently serve — and gives us the opportunity to show our gratitude for the sacrifices they made to protect our freedoms. Your kids might've noticed that Veterans Day lands on the same day every year: November 11th.
More about Veterans Day
Universal Children's Day November 20th
Children's Day Activities
Investing in our future means investing in our children—which is why the United Nations has designated every November 20 as Universal Children’s Day. It’s a time to promote togetherness around the world, awareness of the problems children face in every corner of the globe, and improve the welfare for all children. There are a number of Universal Children’s Day activities you can do along with your kids. Ask your child if he has any particular activity in mind. After all, it’s his day. If not, click below for some fun ideas to help you get started.
Vallejo First 5 Center
*Classes are held indoors in small groups in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines. Masks are required for adults and for children over 2 years of age. English Preference Sheet
Are you and the kids ready to get out of the house yet? The Vallejo First 5 Center offers free classes for you and your child(ren) ages 0-5! *Classes run from November-December and are always completely free. Click on the button below to see what fun classes they have for families! Or call 707-784-1240 for connection to resources such as diapers, and produce.
Spanish Preference Sheet
How to celebrate Thanksgiving safely this year
Thanksgiving is usually a time for friends and family to gather and celebrate together. But this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines for celebrating the holiday during the COVID-19 pandemic that'll make it look very different from what we're used to. The CDC's considerations include avoiding travel and large gatherings. But that doesn't mean our annual day of thanks has to be a bore — there are many ways to celebrate without putting yourself or others at risk.
First 5 Solano holds regular meetings; please click this link for schedule and agenda details. First 5 Solano Policy & Oversight Committee Meeting
November 18, 2020 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
3375 Sonoma Boulevard, Suite 30, Vallejo, CA 94590 (public access limited, see remote access options on agenda)