Get Your Family Engaged
Whether you’ve got an infant, a toddler, or a child ready to enter kindergarten at home, we have resources to help you answer questions, find advice and solutions, and be proactive with your child’s physical and behavioral health, social life, academics, and all-around well-being.
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Upcoming Events for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Fun Family Activities
Sharing books, playing games, singing songs, and talking to your child are all ways to give your baby or toddler the skills they need to become successful readers.
Read a book with your baby, point to a picture and say what it is. You can make reading part of everyday – at bath times, in a car, or in a waiting room. This will help build your child’s early literacy skills. Check out our booklists for ideas.
Babies love rhymes. Build your baby’s words by using simple rhymes. Your baby will enjoy the rhythm and lots of expression in your voice. Need some ideas? Check out our Fun Friday Fingerplays on YouTube.
Music is a great tool for shared play, whether learning to use instruments or dancing to a soundtrack together. You don’t have to have a great voice to sing with your little one! Songs are a great way to help kids build words. Check out children’s music on Freegal.
Activity Ideas Worksheets
Looking for ways to help young children learn something new or spark their creativity? We’ve got ideas, from crafts to scavenger hunts! Check out these great library resources created by our librarians to help parents and young children learn, create, and discover!
- Our libraries offer a warm and safe environment for parents to meet and talk to other parents. Librarians can help families choose developmentally appropriate materials for children and access to information about community resources for families. We have 86 locations! Find the one nearest you.
- Search and place a hold on materials in our catalog.
- Check out in-person and virtual events on our calendar. You can filter by age or location.
- Read from the Start
Each month, Quality Start LA develops a themed booklist, reading tips, and family activities all designed for families with children ages birth to 5.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
Get expert parenting tips and advice for every age and stage of your child’s development—from baby to teen—and everything in between.
Child development includes physical, intellectual, social, and emotional changes. This online resource on child development provides research-based articles, links, videos, and more for parents to explore.
Support for Parents & Caregivers
Call 211 to find health and human services programs in your community. It’s free and confidential, available 24/7 in more than 150 languages.
Need help with child support? Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department can assist parents and guardians with establishing parentage, obtaining child and medical support, ensuring that orders are right-sized, and collecting court-ordered support for children and families.
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) provides a spectrum of mental health services to people of all ages to support hope, wellness and recovery. Services provided include: Assessments, Case management, Crisis intervention, Medication support, peer support and other rehabilitative services.