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MNParentsKnow is an innovative web resource filled with convenient and trusted child development, health and parenting information hosted by the Minnesota Department of Education. Child development information is provided through videos, podcasts and interactive tools in several languages and are easily accessible for parents from this site. Information about the "Help Me Grow" programs and services is also available from this website. Help Me Grow is designed for children birth to kindergarten who may be experiencing delays in their development for several reasons, including special health conditions.


Lisa Guernsey
Director, Early Education Initiative
New America Foundation
1899 L Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20036


Author of Screen Time: How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child
(Basic Books, 2012)

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.  For reading tips, doctor-recommended book lists, and information on developmental milestones of early literacy, visit

In 2011, Reach Out and Read partnered with CVS Caremark All Kids Can, a program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, to develop a guide for healthcare providers and parents of children with developmental disabilities. The guide includes handouts, reading tips, suggested books, and lists of resources for parents, specific to seven different disabilities. Click here for the guide:

Closing the Gap – Assistive technology resources for children and adults with disabilities

"Baby Basics, Touch, Read and Sign" by Marsha Peterson and published by Closing the Gap, June/July 2011, a project funded by the Perkins School for the Blind, is dedicated to helping parents of young children with vision impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. Here you'll find a database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they've learned about playing with and teaching a blind child. We focus on real-life advice and real-life experiences.

GO TO and see details about the Come Sign with Us; The Adventures of Potts and Friends book and bib give away - just in time for Christmas 2011!

Bracelets are visual aids that communicate I need help.® on one side and on the reverse side they have universal icons or words to express their needs, diet restrictions, or medical conditions.