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COMMUNITY

Employers, neighbors, elected officials, nonprofits, and government agencies – all play a key role in the network of support we offer children and their parents. The topics below will help you advocate for and enact positive policies and efforts to benefit all our community’s children and families.

YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT

Hover over the interactive slider below to learn more about the skills your child should develop at each age
  • 3 MONTHS

    My family can help me...

    • give me interesting things to look at
    • sing and read to me
    • hold me to feed me
    • comfort me by talking in a soft and soothing voice
    3 MONTHS

    I should be able to...

    • follow movement by turning my head
    • coo and gurgle
    • cry when hungry or uncomfortable
    • smile back at people
  • 6 MONTHS

    My family can help me...

    • look at colorful books with me
    • talk and play with me
    • baby proof everything
    • let me sleep 2 to 3 times a day
    6 MONTHS

    I should be able to...

    • roll over
    • reach for and hold objects
    • coo, babble, squeal, laugh
    • be soothed and love to be touched and held close
  • 9 MONTHS

    My family can help me...

    • sing and read to me
    • put me to bed without a bottle
    • talk to me about what I am seeing or doing
    • give me a safe place to move around
    9 MONTHS

    I should be able to...

    • creep or crawl
    • respond to my name
    • say "mama" or "dada"
    • stand, holding onto a support
    • sit without help
  • 12 MONTHS

    My family can help me...

    • include me at family meal times
    • play with me, read to me, sing to me and talk to me
    • help me learn what I shouldn’t do by saying ”no” in a firm, quiet voice
    • stay within eyesight of me
    12 MONTHS

    I should be able to...

    • wave "bye-bye"
    • show many emotions such as happiness, sadness, discomfort, and anger
    • be interested in other children
    • feed myself with a spoon/finger/cup
  • 18 MONTHS

    My family can help me...

    • give me age appropriate toys
    • avoid giving me food as reward or punishment
    • hold me and read simple stories
    • teach me simple songs
    18 MONTHS

    I should be able to...

    • let you know what I want
    • point to familiar things when named
    • speak without help
    • speak 10-20 words
    • show emotions such as happiness, fear, sympathy, modesty, guilt, or embarrassment
  • 2 YEARS

    My family can help me...

    • help me learn new words
    • tell or read me short stories
    • talk to me about things I do and see
    • be calm and comforting after my temper outbursts, I need to know that you love me
    2 YEARS

    I should be able to...

    • jump, run, and climb stairs
    • sometimes use 2 word sentences
    • often do opposite of what’s asked
    • learn about rules but not able to remember the rules
  • 3 YEARS

    My family can help me...

    • take me to the library and help me get my own library card
    • let me help with simple household chores
    • schedule a dental visit and ask about sealants, thumb sucking, or pacifier use
    • help me put my toys away
    • model when to say please, thank you, and sorry
    3 YEARS

    I should be able to...

    • be toilet trained during the day, usually dry during the night
    • talk and usually be understood
    • use three word sentences
    • kick a ball
    • name 6 body parts
    • think about feelings of others
    • pay attention for longer
  • 4 YEARS

    My family can help me...

    • read with me every day
    • let me make meaningful choices every day
    • respect my food dislikes
    • pay attention to me when I am talking
    • give me opportunities to play with other children
    4 YEARS

    I should be able to...

    • ask questions
    • put together 7-12 piece puzzles
    • match or name some colors
    • begin to control frustration
    • start to understand danger
  • 5 YEARS

    My family can help me...

    • feed me foods from the basic food groups
    • read to me
    • sort and count all kinds of household things with me
    • let me help plan activities and events
    5 YEARS

    I should be able to...

    • play organized games
    • cut with scissors
    • draw a person with 6-8 body parts
    • catch a bounced ball
    • count to 10
    • can predict what might happen in books when you read to me
LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, in 2015, about 25.8 percent of children 4 to 7 were prematurely moved to seat belts, when they should have been riding in booster seats. ...

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, in 2015, about 25.8 percent of children 4 to 7 were prematurely moved to seat belts, when they should have been riding in booster seats.

In passenger cars, car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. For infants and toddlers in light trucks, the corresponding reductions were 58 percent and 59 percent, respectively. ...

In passenger cars, car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. For infants and toddlers in light trucks, the corresponding reductions were 58 percent and 59 percent, respectively.

3 days ago

First 5 Santa Barbara County

Get your child's seat checked and try some of the challenge stations after you enjoy some food and giveaways!

Free Child Safety Seat CheckSeptember 23, 2017, 10:00am334 S Patterson Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93111-2402, United StatesGoleta Valley Cottage Hosital, Cavaletto Medical Office Building. Ensure your child's safe ride by having a certified technician review your installation and seat.
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Free Child Safety Seat Check

What does a safe sleep environment look like? ...

What does a safe sleep environment look like?

This Saturday, join us for free car seat inspections, food, giveaways, and exploration stations! ...

This Saturday, join us for free car seat inspections, food, giveaways, and exploration stations!
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