Childhood Development

“What a child’s brain needs most is adults that understand development.”  Deborah McNellis, Brain Insights

There is so much more known today about child development then we knew 10, 20 or 30 years ago. Leading scholars in neuroscience, developmental psychology, and pediatrics are continuing to reveal why it is important for parents and caregivers to learn what best supports children’s healthy development.

Understanding the stages of child development can serve as an invaluable guide to parents on how best to nurture their child’s social health, cognitive development, and emotional well-being as they progress from infancy to young adulthood.

The websites listed below provide a wealth of information and parenting tips on what we can do to promote healthy child development and great relationships with the children in our lives. The highlighted text within each website description identifies the stages/ages of development addressed.

Stages of Child Development

PBS parents/child-development is an important resource for information about the growth and development of children from birth to about age 10. In addition to helping parents recognize developmental milestones, they are provided with information on how best to support their child’s progress in language, literacy, science, math, and social and emotional growth.

Parent Further provides parents with invaluable information on each stage of development from birth to 18 years of age. Though all families can benefit from this resource, Parent Further is especially good at addressing the needs of families with young adolescents (ages 10-15). Behind their advice and approach are research-based information and tools that have been put to the test in the real world and have been developed by a panel of experts in parenting, child development, psychology, and related fields.

CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a government website that is chock full of important information parents need to help understand their children’s growth and development and how to keep them safe. It also provides developmental milestones for children from birth to age 19 and suggests positive parenting tips that align with each child’s developmental stages.