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Family Connections

Strong family connections are the foundation for healthy child development. Parents are the most important people in a child’s world. You are the biggest influence on your child’s ability to succeed in life. And there are free and easy ways to make sure they are on the right path.

The earliest things you can do to help your child learn and grow are the simplest. Research shows that talking, reading, singing and playing with your child – even before they can talk themselves – increases their ability to learn later in life.

Talk, Read, Sing and Play

There are so many free and fun activities to do with your child that will help them develop.


Every parent has their own style. And all parents need support. Here are some great resources to help you with your unique approach to parenting.

for Tots

Parent-tested tips for early learning and more from Zero to Three.

of Play

Resources for children with autism, developmental delays and special needs ages 0 to 5. Or if you have questions about your child’s development

the Otter

Potter is a lovable otter who loves to drink water and be healthy. He wants you – and any young children you know – to do the same.

Kits for New Parents

This essential kit is full of FREE baby gear for parents, grandparents and others who care for children.


San Mateo County has a number of programs and services to support pregnant and parenting teens.


Several resources to help you with your immigration concerns.


Fathers play a unique role in their child’s life and make a big difference in how they learn and grow.

for Dads

Dads role in the family is different and changing every day. Find resources and get connected.

More Family Fun

We have more downloadable information and fun activities for you to do as a family.

Planning for Emergency

Thinking ahead can make a big difference when an emergency strikes.