COLLEGEVILLE PA – The latest edition of “Toddler Topics Plus,” a newsletter that currently covers the effects of television watching by, and exposure to second-hand cigarette smoke among, children between the ages of 2 and 5 is now being distributed free by the Montgomery County office of Cooperative Extension, based in Collegeville PA.

Toddler Topics Plus is intended as a learn-at-home series to give parents information that will make their toddlers’ early years less stressful. Parents interested in receiving copies of the publications should call 610-489-4315.

Articles in the current edition report that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV or videos for children under the age of two, and that children of cigarette-smoking parents may inhale the equivalent of 102 packs of cigarettes by age 5.

“Today more than ever, we know the importance of children’s earliest years in shaping their learning and development … Children’s environments, relationships and experiences at home, in childcare, in schools, and in their community must promote their early learning,” says Nancy Stevens, a county Cooperative Extension educator.

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