Resources for Parents and Caregivers

You are your children’s first and most important teacher. We hope some of these resources are helpful to you as you do the important work of enjoying everyday learning moments and getting your child ready for school and life!

For families with infants and toddlers (birth to age 3)

Being your child’s first and most important teacher is a big responsibility, but there are little things you can do every day that will give your child a great start in life … and school. In fact, you may already be doing them!

Many experts and organizations that work closely with children from birth to 3 years old have created free materials to support you; we are working together to support you and your family.

Free downloads

Print your own activity poster in Chinese, English, Russian, Somali, Spanish or Vietnamese
Print your own activity cards in English or Spanish
Print your own handouts about brain development and activities that help your child grow up happy and healthy: Love, Talk or Play.


For families with children getting ready for kindergarten (ages 3 to 5)

Starting kindergarten can be exciting but stressful for caregivers and children. You have everything it takes to help your child be socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively ready.

Organizations and parents have created these simple guidelines and reminders so you can a safe and enriching early learning environment.

Free downloads

Getting School Ready! Print your own Getting School Ready! booklet:


For providers and partners outside Washington state

The “Love. Talk. Play.” and Getting School Ready! materials are provided at no cost to people and organizations in Washington because the materials were created by members of our community, and they belong to us all. Thrive Washington strives to share these materials to others, but we must recoup some expenses in order to continue to support their distribution within Washington’s borders.


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