To Parents of Young Children Ages Birth to Five Years:

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Have you ever…

  • Been concerned about your child's learning, development or behavior?
  • Had a family concern and not known where to go for help?
  • Missed or rescheduled your child's doctor visits because of a stressful family situation or transportation issue?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. Most parents have concerns at some point during their child's life. Talking with your child's doctor can help. Doctors who are part of Iowa's 1st Five network of medical professionals may refer you to our 1st Five care coordinators ~ experts in linking local resources to parental concerns. 1st Five care coordination services are free, voluntary and confidential.

Remember, early experiences will shape the way children think, feel and behave as adults.

  • Watch one baby's emotional response to her mother here.

What can parents do to support their child's development?

Take your child to the doctor for regular check-ups. Well-child exams are the one place where nearly all families have contact with a health care provider. If you have concerns about your child's learning, behavior or development, talk to your child's doctor about these concerns.

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