Resources for Families of Children Birth to 5
Parents tell us...
"Those first few months were really hard. I didn't get enough sleep and had to make important decisions about my child's future. I second-guessed and worried." "Sometimes my friend and I just stuck the girls in their strollers and walked, talked, and worried. Then we would take them out and remember to just play with them." "Looking back to the early years, I was the most important person in my child's life. It was both a burden and a joy."
Play and recreation: ages 0-5
Play is an important part of your child's life. Play builds your child's brain, her relationship with you, the world, and others. Learn about opportunities for your child to have fun.
Social-emotional and behavioral health: infancy and early childhood
Infant and early childhood mental health refers to a child's social and emotional development from birth to age five. Find information on social-emotional, and behavioral health topics.
Childcare and respite care resources
There may be times when we need help to care for our kids. Children need care where they can grow, with caregivers who understand their needs and development. Get help finding childcare and respite.
Education and early learning: birth to 5
Earliest experiences set us up for success in school and life; it is more than ABCs and 123s. Find useful education information for your child.
Service and emotional support animals
Animals can be a source of emotional and physical support, but they are also a lot of responsibility. You can learn more about the types of support animals and what rights and responsibilities come with owning a support animal.
Special health needs essentials
If you have a child with Special Health Needs they will probably interact with one or more systems in Oregon. Here are some of the basic special needs systems.