Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development

It's exciting to see your child accomplish new things like smiling, walking, and talking for the first time.

The way your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about their development. Those accomplishments are called milestones. Milestones are the things that most babies and children do—from smiling to speaking to walking—at various ages and stages throughout infancy and childhood. While each child develops and learns at his or her own unique pace, developmental milestones offer guidelines for the activities and behaviors you might expect to see as your child grows.

Read on for what to expect at a glance. Click on the links to learn more about each stage of development from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Children website.

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Pregnancy is a time of anticipation, excitement, preparation, and, for many new parents, uncertainty. The nine months of pregnancy are time to have your questions answered, calm your fears, and prepare yourself for the realities of parenthood. 

Learn about pregnancy

Baby: 0-12 months

It doesn’t take long to develop the confidence and calm of an experienced parent. Your baby will give you the most important information—how she likes to be treated, talked to, held, and comforted.

Learn about the first year

Toddler: 1-3 years

Your child is advancing from infancy toward and into the preschool years. During this time, his physical growth and motor development will slow. You can expect to see tremendous intellectual, social, and emotional changes.

Learn about toddlerhood

Preschool: 3-5 years

Before you know it, your child has turned four and then five years old. You may find that your somewhat calm child of three has now become a dynamo of energy, drive, bossiness, and sometimes out-of-bounds behavior.

Learn about the preschool years

Local Family Resources

Get connected to information about young children and local resources to help your family.

Help Me Grow SMC

Call Help Me Grow with any questions about your child’s development, and to get a free developmental screening. 

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