An increasing number of children are spending most of their day in early childhood programs so parents can work or go to school.
These early years are critical to your child’s development.
-There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and the day that the child shows up for the first day of kindergarten?
-With quality early childhood education, children will be school ready, have higher graduation rates, and grow into productive citizens and valuable employees?
-In the first few years of life, 700 new neural connections are formed each second?
-By the time they enter school, children from advantaged backgrounds may know as many as 15,000 more words than their disadvantaged peers?
-High quality early childhood programs improve health and nutrition?
-85% of a child’s brain is developed by age 3?
-Playing with blocks and other building toys teaches children about geometry?
-Talking with your child is one of the most important things you can do?
-You can help your child learn while driving? Help your child to tell you the color of signs, shapes of signs and count how long you sit at a red light!
-Music helps a child learn to rhyme?
High-quality early care and education are geared to give your child a jumpstart to learning. Standards are in place to prepare your child for success in school and in life.
Quality early childhood programs not only help your child’s brain develop in a timely fashion, they also contribute to physical, emotional and social development. Along with school readiness, it is also important to look for key developmental milestones in your children.
Here’s a quick look at A FEW developmental milestones:
|6 Months||1 Year||2 Years||3 Years||4 Years|
|Looks when name is called||Says the names of favorite toys||Uses 2-3 word sentences||Uses 3-5 word sentences||Says first and last name|
|Smiles and enjoys being talked to||Says 1-2 words such as "Mama" and "Dada"||Says several words such as "No" and "Mine"||Tells a simple story||Asks when, why, and how questions|
|Babbles back and forth||Enjoys peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake||Follows simple directions||Says their own name and age when asked||Knows opposites like hot/cold and big/little|
|Makes both happy and sad noises||Imitates waving bye-bye or blowing a kiss||Scribbles with crayon, may imitate lines and circles||Plays with other children||Counts out 10 items|
|Helps hold bottle during feedings||Points with index finger||Turns pages of a book one at a time||Can name a friend or caregiver||Recognizes own name in print|
|Rolls over both ways||Uses thumb and index finger to pick up small items, such as cereal||Stacks 6 blocks||Repeats simple rhymes and songs||Colors within the lines and can draw a face|
|Plays with own toes||Has a preferred caregiver||Feeds self with a spoon and drinks from a cup||Walks up steps||Enjoys pretend play|
|Sits up with little support needed||Crawls on hands and knees||Points to hair, eyes, ears, and nose||Rides a tricycle||Names 4 colors|
|Reaches and picks up a toy||Reaches up with arms to be picked up||Plays by pushing, pulling, and dumping toys||Jumps with both feet coming off the ground||Copies circle, square, and triangle patterns|
|Transfers an object from hand to hand||Walks around furniture and may take a few steps||Walks well and starts to run||Takes turns||Uses scissors|
High-quality early childhood programs recognize the importance of providing an environment that teaches and nurtures children to learn these milestones and meet standards of learning.
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