Early experiences matter!Quality interactions with nurturing and responsive family members and caregivers provide the foundation every child needs to grow, develop and learn. Luckily, kids learn best through play, so helping them achieve the development milestones they need for lifelong success doesn’t have to be a chore. As you support your child’s growth, think about the quality of the playtime interactions you have with them and challenge yourself to incorporate a variety of activities that touch on one or more of the following Domains of Development.
- Curious Minds
- Sense of Self & Relationships
- Strong & Healthy Bodies
Language and Literacy
Many families are familiar with classic books like Goodnight Moon and read them over and over with their very youngest children. Here are some more recent titles and reissues you and your baby will both love. (Note: Many of these books are available in Spanish, and…
School classrooms are busy places where young children learn all sorts of things, including social and emotional skills such as how to express feelings and how to work together with friends on a project. Here are some suggestions for helping your child develop social…
Cognition, Knowledge and Approaches to Learning
The more curious a child is, the more he learns. Nurturing your child’s curiosity is one of the most important ways you can help her become a lifelong learner. Babies are born learners, with a natural curiosity to figure out how the world works. Curiosity is the…
Why Do Babies Like Boxes Best? It is Ella’s first birthday, and her mom is excited. She places a brightly wrapped present in front of Ella and tears just a small portion of the shiny paper. Ella takes over, pulling on the paper and scrunching it in her hands. Some…
Sense of Self + Relationships
Social and Emotional Health
It’s important for parents to help their child learn how to cope with their feelings. Learn how parents are their child’s guide in sharing the joys and coping with the challenges, starting on day one. It wasn’t that long ago that the conventional wisdom was that…
The bond between a parent and child builds the child’s ability to form relationships with others, express emotions, and face difficult challenges. Through supportive relationships, young children can explore the world, develop empathy, and understand the difference…
Strong + Healthy Bodies
Physical Development, Health and Motor Skills
Brain development is most sensitive to a baby’s nutrition between mid-gestation and two years of age. Children who are malnourished–not just fussy eaters but truly deprived of adequate calories and protein in their diet–throughout this period do not adequately grow,…
Food is at the center of our lives. And it’s much more than the fuel that keeps us going. It can be a source of pleasure, celebration, and—sometimes—challenges. Mealtime routines helps build strong family relationships and a healthy relationship with food. Figuring…
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