Early Development Tips and Tools

Children-reading-1Podcast—Turning On or Tuning Out: The Influence of Media on Young Children’s Development – In this podcast, Dr. Ellen Wartella talks about recent research on the impact of media on young children and how parents can use this information to make good decisions around TV and other “screens”.

Your Child’s Development – This set of nine, age-based handouts include a “what to expect” chart for each age range, suggestions for supporting your baby or toddler’s healthy development, frequently asked questions, a research summary, and information about common parenting challenges for each age and stage.

Healthy Minds – This set of seven, age-based handouts link child and brain development and highlight the important ways in which babies and toddlers grow and learn in the first three years. 

Magic of Everyday Moments – This set of eight, age-based booklets highlights developmental milestones from birth to three and offers ideas for how parents can support their children’s healthy development through everyday activities and routines

Development of Social-Emotional Skills – This set of three, age-based handouts highlight how children begin developing important social-emotional skills (such as taking turns, sharing, building friendships, and resolving conflict) from birth to three.

Development of Self-Control – This set of three, age-based handouts focus on how children begin to learn self-control—the ability to manage their emotions and stick to the limits you set.  While babies are not born with self-control, they begin learning this skill at birth through loving, consistent interactions with caring adults.

Learning to Use the Toilet – When and how to help your child learn to use the potty depends on how ready your child is, as well as your own beliefs and values about toilet training. There is not one “right” way or one “right” age to learn.  This resource provides some questions and thoughts to keep in mind as you help your child learn to use the toilet.

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