Brainy Birds & Counting

Did you know that babies' brains are wired for math? First 5 California's "Brainy Birds" are sharing an important message about early math skills -- including counting those little toes together right from the start.

Developmental Screenings

One way to track how your child's brain is developing is to make sure you get routine screenings with your pediatrician. Learn more about these screenings in this video from our partners at the First 5 Association.

"Brainy Birds"

Introducing First 5 California's Brainy Birds: Franco, Orson, and Melody! They're fun to watch - but more importantly, each of them flew in with an important story to share with families across California.

A Healthy Mouth for your Baby

Find out why baby teeth are important and tips on how to prevent early childhood tooth decay.

Brain-Building Basics

Science made simple! Remember these 5 steps to help build your child's brain.

Experiences Build Brain Architecture

Healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for a successful future.

How I Really Got Here - The Sgt. Emada Tingirides Story

Sgt. Emada Tingirides shares her story and how Talk. Read. Sing.® helped her get through a difficult childhood and become a force for good in her community.

Baby Steps: Learn the Signs. Act Early

Early recognition of developmental disabilities such as autism is key for parents and providers. Learn more here.

Fit Kids - My Plate Food Groups

A simple guide to the five key good groups that will help keep children healthy and fit.

Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime.

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.

Promoting Healthy Brain Development

Learn more about how interaction with your child through daily experiences effects their development.

First 5 California Celebrates 15 Years for Kids

We're committed to supporting the healthy development of children from birth through age 5. Watch our video to learn more.

Nurturing Your Baby's Brain

Science and brain scans show that the first 3 years of life are critical for a child's brain development, which starts right at birth. Learn how to help your baby reach his or her potential!

President Obama's Message to Parents & Caregivers

Listen to President Obama discusses the importance of early childhood education and why you should Talk. Read. Sing. to your child from day one.

Hilary Clinton's Message to Parents & Caregivers

Listen to Former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, explain the importance of talking, reading, and singing with your child from an early age to promote healthy brain development.

Senator Bill Frist's Message to Parents & Caregivers

Listen to Senator Bill Frist discuss the importance of building a strong vocabulary from a young age by talking, reading, and singing to your child.

Cindy McCain's Message to Parents & Caregivers

Listen to Cindy McCain describe the importance of educating your child from the earliest years of life to prepare him or her for future years of learning.

Water and Milk Are the Best Drinks for Kids

First 5 California encourages families to make healthy choices like offering water and milk to your child instead of sugary beverages like soda, fruit juices, and sports drinks.

Keeping Kids Physically Active Can Be Simple and Fun

Simple activities like building a fort with your baby can help develop motor skills, muscle strength, social and emotional growth, and more.

First 5 California Offers tips for Raising A Reader

First 5 California encourages parents to read to their child everyday from infancy to help build strong literacy skills.

Tommy vs. The Spaghetti Sauce

The best learning opportunities are in everyday moments. Take lunch time, Tommy's spaghetti lunch is putting up quite a "fight."

Olivia vs. Her Messy Room

The best learning opportunities are in everyday moments. Take clean up time, will cleaning delay Olivia from snack time?

Jenna vs. Blocks

The best learning opportunities are in everyday moment. Take playtime, will Jenna be victorious over her building blocks?

Nate And The Red Block vs. The Other Colors

The best learning opportunities are in everyday moments. Take playtime, which block will be the All-Star of Nate's playtime?

Bridget vs. The Beat

The best learning opportunities are in everyday moments. Take dance time, Bridget's moves can "rock" any beat!

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