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Family Resources

The Berry Patch School Parent Tip Sheets

Bedtime & Sleep
Benchmarks in Child Development for Two-Year-Olds
Benchmarks in Child Development for Three-Year-Olds
Benchmarks in Child Development for Four-Year-Olds
Grief & Loss
Kindergarten Transition
Literacy Readiness
Math Readiness
New Baby
Science Readiness
Separation Anxiety
Social Emotional Learning

Online Ideas for Home Learning and Activities

Early Childhood Education Websites

Activities for Toddlers
Creativity, Confidence, Learning Through Fun
Hands-on Playful Learning Ideas

Help Me Connect

Play-based Learning Activities

Childhood 101 (Playing, Learning, Growing)
Happy Hooligans (Art, Craft, Play)
Prekinders (Learning Areas, Themes, Ideas)
Preschool Inspirations (Domains, Activities, Themes)
Teach Preschool (Classroom Experiences)


Friends Preschool Shares Their Messy, Artsy Fun Ideas:  on Instagram: friendsartlab
Art Bar – Raising Creative Thinkers
Blog and tips for Art, PLAY, parenting strategies

Museums Offering Virtual Experiences

12 Museums offer Virtual Tour
Georgia Acquarium Live Webcams
MN Children’s Museum
MN Science Museum of MN

Outdoor Play

Early Years Outdoor
No Time For Flashcards


Reading and Writing

Epic (free online books for children)
Kids books read by celebrities
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Active Play

EDUtainment with Princess Party Pals/Preschool Pals
Kitchen Pantry Science
Large Motor Time (Using the letters in your name)
Learn to Dance at Home
Rappin’, Rockin’ and Readin’ with My Miss Nina
SamCam’s Dance Studio – dance time for toddlers

For Parents

Help Kids Manage Anxiety
Parenting, Media and Everything In Between

Field Trip Partners

Deardorf Apple Orchard
Friendship Village
Gale Woods Farm
Kinder Konzerts
Mad Science
Minnesota Zoo
Presbyterian Homes Bloomington
Richardson Nature Center
Science Made Fun MN
Stages Theatre
The Waters of Edina

Children Serving Others (C.S.O.) Partners

Hats & Mittens
Minneapolis Children’s Hospital
Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
Operation Christmas Child
Ronald McDonald House
Sharing & Caring Hands/Mary’s Place
Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (V.E.A.P.)
Washburn Center for Children
Whittier Wildflowers
World Vision

Educational Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics/Healthy Children
Baby Center
Center for Disease Control
Center for Inclusive Childcare
Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs)
Faith First Parent
Harvard Health
Help Me Connect
Kids Health
Mayo Clinic
National Association for the Education of Young Children (N.A.E.Y.C.)
National Center for Fathering
The Search Institute
Twin Cities Mom Collective
Zero to Three

Afternoon Enrichment

Amazing Athletes
KidCreate Studios
Science Made Fun
Soccer Shots
Stages Theatre Company

Health & Safety Partners

Centers For Disease Control
Minnesota Department of Health

Childcare Tax Credit Resources

Child and Dependant Care Expenses Form 503
Form 2441 Childcare Expenses
Instructions 2441 Childcare Expenses

Link to additional information about childcare tax credits >>