Book available for download online and also for Kindle, Nook, e-book, iPad and other tablets
TALLAHASSEE— From coping with a crying child to potty training techniques
to keeping your teen drug-free, these tips and more are now available in a
free, online parent and caregiver resource guide.
The Florida Department of Children and Families is providing this
electronic book free for anyone with online access. “Family Development – A
Caregiver’s Guide” can be downloaded in English, Spanish or Creole. The
English version will also be available in formats compatible with Kindle,
Nook, e-book, iPad and other tablets.
The Department of Children and Families, in conjunction with the Ounce of
Prevention Fund of Florida, has provided thousands of these books in hard
copy to parents and caregivers across the state for several years. This is
the first time these important guides have become available for free across
many different platforms.
“We know that being a parent is the most difficult job in the world,” said
Secretary David Wilkins. “We wanted to give all parents and caregivers
current information in many different formats to help them keep their
children safe, healthy and happy.”
The book begins with infant care and teaching parents safe sleeping
techniques, soothing a crying baby and nutrition. Following chapters are
dedicated to changes as children grow, including physical, social and
cognitive development for each stage.
Safety tips for babies and children include home safety checklists,
drowning prevention and positive parenting activities that promote
nurturing and development. Another section tells parents when to be
concerned and to check with their doctor if a child isn’t hitting certain
A section on teens includes discussions on puberty, keeping kids safe
online, and substance abuse prevention. Other topics include how to manage
stress, choosing safe and appropriate child care, dealing with military
deployment and working with children with disabilities.
Download your free copy today: www.dcf.state.fl.us/caregivers
For more information, caregivers can also call the Florida Parent Helpline
CONTACT: Erin Gillespie, DCF Press Secretary, (850) 717-4450