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Building Blocks For a Healthy Future

Welcome to Building Blocks for a Healthy Future, SAMHSA’S website where parents, caregivers, and teachers of children ages 3 to 6 can find lots of great tips, materials, and ideas for spending time with their children and learning together.

Parent involvement is just as important to young children as it is to older children.  Visit the Family section to find parenting tips to help your children make healthy decisions as they grow up.  Here you will find ideas for conversation starters, positive discipline, and fun family activities.

Preschool teachers are always looking for creative curriculum to keep children engaged and interested in learning.  Visit the Educators section to find lesson plans to help with your preschool curriculum development and get ideas for classroom games and activities that preschoolers will love!

Work with the children in your life as they learn problem-solving and communication skills, and practice positive reinforcement as you guide them through the Children section.  This section includes children's games, songs, and activities that will have children laughing and learning for hours!


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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day May 6,2014The national launch event for Awareness Day 2014 takes place on May 6 in conjunction with the National Council for Behavioral Health's annual conference in Washington, DC. The launch event will focus on the unique needs of young adults, ages 16–25, with mental health challenges and the value of peer support in helping young adults build resilience in the four life domains of housing, education, employment and health care access. For more information, please visit http://www.samhsa.gov/children/national.asp.

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This Month: Knowing Your Child's Potential

Family Article: Knowing Your Child’s Potential

Family Activity: An Ounce of Prevention: Social and Emotional Health

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Updated on 4/16/2014