Quality Choices for Early Childhood Education and Child Care in Lincoln Parish

Developmental Milestones

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. 

Did you know?

-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 Months1 Year2 Years3 Years4 Years
Looks when name is calledSays the names of favorite toysUses 2-3 word sentencesUses 3-5 word sentencesSays first and last name
Smiles and enjoys being talked toSays 1-2 words such as "Mama" and "Dada"Says several words such as "No" and "Mine"Tells a simple storyAsks when, why, and how questions
Babbles back and forthEnjoys peek-a-boo and pat-a-cakeFollows simple directionsSays their own name and age when askedKnows opposites like hot/cold and big/little
Makes both happy and sad noisesImitates waving bye-bye or blowing a kissScribbles with crayon, may imitate lines and circlesPlays with other childrenCounts out 10 items
Helps hold bottle during feedingsPoints with index fingerTurns pages of a book one at a timeCan name a friend or caregiverRecognizes own name in print
Rolls over both waysUses thumb and index finger to pick up small items, such as cerealStacks 6 blocksRepeats simple rhymes and songsColors within the lines and can draw a face
Plays with own toesHas a preferred caregiverFeeds self with a spoon and drinks from a cupWalks up stepsEnjoys pretend play
Sits up with little support neededCrawls on hands and kneesPoints to hair, eyes, ears, and noseRides a tricycleNames 4 colors
Reaches and picks up a toyReaches up with arms to be picked upPlays by pushing, pulling, and dumping toysJumps with both feet coming off the groundCopies circle, square, and triangle patterns
Transfers an object from hand to handWalks around furniture and may take a few stepsWalks well and starts to runTakes turnsUses 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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