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
The “literate home” for this age child only needs a few inexpensive materials, but parent involvement is key. Your young child or kindergartner continues to build her language base (understanding and using language) in preparation for learning to read, so she still…
Zero to Three’s National Parent Survey shows that nearly half of parents (45%) think that reading to children starts to benefit long-term language development at 2 years or older—about a year and a half later than it actually does. Research shows that the benefits of…
Cognition, Knowledge and Approaches to Learning
“WHAT’S THIS?” At 3 months, Tessa has good control over her neck muscles. Sitting on her mother’s lap, she turns her head slowly from side to side to look at the brightly colored dishes and cups on the table in front of her. Twenty-month-old Natalie…
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…
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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