Early Child Development
What are the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, and successful parenting of the next generation?
Scientific evidence tell us the early years, particularly from birth to five years, are the most active period to establish healthy brain development. The quality of a child’s earliest environments and the availability of appropriate experiences at the right stages of development are crucial determinants of the way each child’s brain architecture develops. Each topic below explains the essential influences for your child to thrive or derail their development stages.
An amazing transformation takes place during the first 5 years of life. With so much to learn before they start school, this is a memorable time and a life changing period of essential development.
Core concepts from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, are the core domains of child development. Now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse.
Babies and toddlers need foods from all five healthy food groups: vegetables, fruit, grain foods, dairy and protein.
Healthy foods have nutrients that are important for growth, development and learning.
Follow your child's appropriate Ages and Stages links to help you learn more about what to expect from your child’s development, positive parenting, safety, and health at each stage of your child’s life.
By age 3, most children are already using executive function skills in simple ways (e.g., remembering and following simple rules). Ages 3-5 show a remarkable burst of improvement in the proficiency of these skills...
The single most common factor for children who have developed resilience is at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult.1 High-quality relationships are fundamental to children’s resilience.
The guide aims to discuss the purpose of developmental screening and how it differs from child assessment. It aims to “translate” technical information about the reliability and validity of commonly-used developmental screening tools into language that is easily understood ....
Responsive relationships are both expected and essential, their absence is a serious threat to a child’s development and well-being. Fostering strong nurturing relationships can shield children from the impact of negative experiences and can create a protective barrier.