10 THINGS EVERY CHILD NEEDS:


​1. INTERACTION
A child’s brain develops based on his or her experiences. The more interactions a child has, the healthier development will be.


2. PHYSICAL AFFECTION

Physical affection communicates love which leads to positive emotional growth.


3. STABLE RELATIONSHIP
Children who have a stable relationship with at least one caregiver learn at a faster pace, feel better about themselves, and make friends more easily.


4. A SAFE, HEALTHY HOME

A safe and healthy home environment allows you to maximize your child’s growth with minimal risk.​


5. STRONG SELF-ESTEEM

​A strong sense of self is the foundation for healthy development.


​6. CONVERSATION

Communicating with your child/children not only shows love, but also encourages the development of his or her speech patterns.


7. ​MUSIC

​Music offers children an outlet for expression and stimulates brain development in specific areas including language and reasoning.

 
​8. READING AS A PRIORITY

​Reading with children demonstrates a love for books and learning.  It is a wonderful way for parents/caregivers and children to spend quality time together.
 ​

9. PLAY

Playing provides children with an outlet for imagination and creativity and fosters healthy brain development.​


10. QUALITY CHILD CARE
Childcare settings can be a primary learning environment for children. The quality of the child care setting is very important.


 
*10 Things Every Child Needs DVD, Copyright 1997

The Iredell County Health Department can provide child and maternal health, immunization, dental, and WIC services.

Helpful Resources

I-CARE, Inc. Head Start is one of the largest early childhood education programs in Iredell and Catawba Counties. The program has established quality educational environments with a proven track record of serving low-income families. Unlike many traditional child care and other early education programs, Head Start focuses on preparing children for school by working to develop each child’s social and learning skills. 

Iredell County Partnership for Young Children/Smart Start:


NC Pre-K is North Carolina’s state funded pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds that promotes school readiness. Children may be eligible for the free NC Pre-K program if they will be four-years-old by August 31st for the upcoming school year, meet income eligibility requirements and reside in Iredell County. 


Together Time is a weekly community-based playgroup available to families with children birth to age five who reside in Iredell County. 


*Many other resources are available through ICPYC.*