All parents worry about their children: are they happy, healthy, developing as they should, when to worry, who to speak with when worried, so many questions occupy the minds of parents. It is also important to talk to others about your child’s growth and development – including your child’s doctor or teacher. If you have concerns, please visit our Health page to the right.
On this page are some resources to help families with those questions, including information on:
Social-Emotional Behavioral Development
Early Learning and Early Literacy Development
Click on the Title below to see more information.
Developmental Activities and Guidelines
Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines:
These guidelines will inform you of what children can know and are able to do, so that everyone who interacts with young children can prepare them for a lifetime of success. This link will bring you to videos and more to help you in supporting your child’s development: www.earlylearningco.org
Click on the age of your child below for examples of what children typically do at a certain ages and suggestions for how adults can support their development:
Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (crawling, walking, etc.).
Click on the age of your child to see the milestones:
The Backpack ConnectionSeries was created by TACSEI to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. Here is the link where you can download the handouts by theme: http://challengingbehavior.fmhi.usf.edu/do/resources/backpack.html
Apps for your phone that promote development
Daily Vroom: an app that helps parents turn shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bath-time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’s growing minds. Visit Site
Bright by Text: a program for parents and caregivers of children under five that sends free activities, games, and resources right to your cell phone. Messages are targeted to your child’s age and include information on child development, language and early literacy, health and safety, behavioral tips, and more! Text BRIGHT to 274448 to sign up
Earlier Is Easier is a collaborative led by early childhood literacy professionals from the Denver Public Library, Reach Out and Read Colorado and the Colorado Parent & Child Foundation. To visit their interactive website click here.
Preparing for Kindergarten
Preparing for kindergarten happens many months before the first day of school.
Registering for school often begins in the later winter – early spring, planning for needed paperwork takes time, and helping your child with needed skills and routines is a gradual process.
This Guide will help you consider what will be important to support your child in a successful transition to kindergarten!