Early Development & Well-Being

The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby’s development. Learn how the earliest relationships with caregivers can promote healthy brain development, how young children build social and emotional skills, and ways you can support language and literacy development starting from birth.

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    Ages and Stages

    All children are unique. Celebrating, nurturing, and supporting developmental milestones from birth to 3 years is one of the joys of parenting.

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    Brain Development

    A child’s brain undergoes an amazing period of development from birth to three—producing 700 new neural connections every second.

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    Challenging Behaviors

    As young children are just beginning to develop self-control, challenging behavior is common and expected in the years from birth to three.

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    Developmental Screening and Assessment

    Support your child's developmental growth by participating in the screening and assessment process, and becoming a key member of the therapeutic team.

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    Early Intervention

    A range of early intervention services offers very young children the opportunity to develop the skills and abilities that will ready them for school and life.

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    Health and Nutrition

    Learn more about all aspects of child health, including early nutrition, physical activities for young children and other issues focused on a healthy lifestyle.

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    Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

    "Infant mental health" refers to how well a child develops socially and emotionally from birth to three.

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    Sleep

    Understanding the role parents and caregivers play in building healthy sleep habits for children.

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    Social and Emotional Development

    Strong, positive relationships also help children develop trust, empathy, compassion and a sense of right and wrong.

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    Temperament

    Temperament describes a child’s personal “style” – the way he or she experiences the world.

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    Trauma and Stress

    Strong, caring and loving relationships can shield children from the impact of negative experiences, and they can be mutually healing.