3 Resources to Help You Maximize a Child's Development

These three web resources can help you observe a child's developmental progress and provide you with resources to help you as you work to grow their skills.  Resources are great for caregivers - professional, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles alike.  What resources do you use to learn about what children should be doing at what age?

NAEYC for Families (created by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

  • Read questions from families and answers by Doctors regarding typical problems all families have as they raise their children in the "Families Today" section.
  • There are many articles for learning and development such as "Saying Goodbye to Preschool and Hello to Kindergarten" or "Five Essentials to Meaningful Play" or "Understanding and Responding to Children Who Bite"
  • Families share stories in the blog
  • Stream SONGS right from the website and get tips for engaging the children in a learning experience with them

Parent Toolkit by Education Nation of NBC News and Pearson Education

  • A toolkit made for parents but relevant for all caregivers
  • Growth charts divided by grade - beginning with Pre-K and ending with 12th grade
  • Growth charts are broken up by category for each grade: Academic, Health and Wellness Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Social Emotional is coming soon
  • The growth charts are formatted like moving slides providing digestible nuggets of information about observations you could make about the child's learning progress
  • Below the growth charts are helpful tips that you can easily use with the child(ren) to enhance learning opportunities. 
  • Additional resources.

All About Young Children, Information for Families on Children's Early Development

  • Created by the California Department of Education, State Advisory Council on Early Education
  • In 8 DIFFERENT languages - Spanish being one of  them
  • A website to educate parents and caregivers about how children learn about language, feelings, relationships, numbers, body movement and the skills that help them do this.
  • Separated into categories by age, 0-5, and then by learning type: Social-Emotional Development, Language Development and Literacy, Number Sense, Physical Development and Approaches to Learning (What Skills Help Children Learn?)
  • When you pick your category you get: A video of examples, a short overview, and then detailed introduction, observations and tips to help children develop the skills discussed earlier in the section.

What did you think?  Helpful?  Which was your favorite?  Would you recommend any of them?

Resource Links: 

  1. http://families.naeyc.org/
  2. http://www.parenttoolkit.com/
  3. http://allaboutyoungchildren.org/

Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.