This topical guide on child development was developed in partnership with the Early Intervention Training Program to be used by professionals practicing in the Early Intervention program.

Books

Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).

  • Child development 0-8 : a journey through the early years
    Maria Robinson
    Madenhead, NY : McGraw Hill. 2008
    The book presents a detailed and in-depth picture of early years development, particularly of developmental processes and interactions. It also emphasizes appropriate pedagogical approaches and the implications for adults who work with young children.
    WS 105 .R663 2008 166625438
  • Child development and the brain : an introduction
    Rob Abbott
    Bristol : Policy Press, 2015
    This book explores how increasing knowledge of neuroscience and advances in methods of investigation are changing our understanding of child development and offers insight into the connections between brain development and how children think and feel.
    WS 105 .Ab26 2015 907161558
  • Child Development: Theories and Critical Perspectives
    Rosalyn H. Shute, Philip T. Slee
    East Sussex ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2015
    This book provides readers with an in depth overview of typical child development from a psychological lens. This resource explains the major psychological theories that have influenced child development in the past and in recent years.
    BF 721 .S565 2015  892892380
  • Developmental Milestones of Young Children
    Karen Petty
    St. Paul, MN : Redleaf Press, 2010
    This handbook serves as a guide to the benchmarks of typical development for each age and stage that almost all children go through.
    HQ 767.9 .P475 2009 261176380
  • Early Childhood Development: A multicultural perspective
    Jeffrey Trawick-Smith
    Boston : Pearson, 2014
    This text book simplifies the theoretical and psychological perspectives about child development with a special emphasis on the diversity of different cultures which influence growth. This resource focuses on each of the different areas of typical development
    LB 1115 .T73 2014 802103105
  • Is my child developing ok?
    Maurice Levy
    [Place of publication not identified] : [M. Levy], [2012]
    The first few years of life are the most important for a child’s future development. This book will help readers understand the development process, know what to expect, how to react and when to seek help to ensure a healthy child.
    WS 105.5 C3L649 2012 809064349

Videos

Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.

  • Amazing Babies: Moving in the First Year
    DVD, 48 minutes.
    Toronto, Ontario: Move Alive Media; 2006.
    This video is grouped in pre-locomotion and locomotion sections to enhance the viewer’s observation skills and understanding of the natural progression of the baby’s movement development, preverbal communication, and play interactions
    WS 103 .S874 2006 707460956
  • Amazing Toddlers: Moving, Communicating, Learning, Age 1
    34 minutes; DVD
    Move Alive Media; 2006
    This video helps the viewer discover how babies move to learn, communicate and interact in their environment.
    WS 103 .S874t 2002 144535296
  • CDC’s Milestones in Action
    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, act, and move (crawling, walking, etc.). The CDC Act Early campaign has created a series of short video clips of children demonstrating specific developmental milestones. The videos are grouped by the approximate age a milestone is typically reached.
    2 months | 4 months | 6 months | 9 months | 1 year | 18 months | 2 years | 3 years
  • Child development : the first two years
    47 minutes, DVD
    Special Interest Productions, 2003
    This video provides a general overview of many of the topics young families and other caregivers are most concerned about in a child’s first two years.
    WS 105 .C536fd 2003 53707289
  • Touchpoints hosted & created by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton.
    132 minutes, DVD
    ConsumerVision, 2006
    By watching a dozen families in unique situations, Dr. Brazelton shows how and why children develop the way they do. Touchpoints are defined as periods of time that precede rapid growth in learning for parent and child.
    WS 105 .T722d 2006 75553551

Organizations

Articles

The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us for more information.

  • Young Children, 69(3), 94-96
    Rocking and Rolling. Promoting Social-Emotional Development: Helping Infants Learn About Feelings
    Nikki Darling-Kuria and Aidan Bohlander. (2014)
    Starting from birth, infants begin learning how to make sense of their world through interactions with caregivers. This article describes how reflective care supports healthy social-emotional development in infants and toddlers.
  • Young Children, 71 (5), 92-94
    Rocking and Rolling: Learning to Move
    Sandra Petersen, Emily Adams, and Linda Gillespie. (2016)
    This article offers a brief explanation of motor development as a constant learning process.

Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.

  • CDC’s Milestones in Action
    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, act, and move (crawling, walking, etc.). The CDC Act Early campaign has created a series of short video clips of children demonstrating specific developmental milestones. The videos are grouped by the approximate age a milestone is typically reached.
    2 months | 4 months | 6 months | 9 months | 1 year | 18 months | 2 years | 3 years
  • CDC’s Milestone Tracker Mobile App
    Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.
  • EIC: Facing Food Challenges One Plate at a Time
    A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.
  • EIC: How I Communicate
    A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.
  • EIC: How I Feel
    A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.
  • EIC: How I Understand
    A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.
  • EIC: Separation Anxiety and Children with Special Needs
    A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.
  • EIC: A Moving Child Is a Learning Child
    A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.
  • EIC: Parenting Can Be Child’s Play
    A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.
  • EITP: Child Development Resources
    The Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) website offers a variety of resources related to child development.
  • Illinois Early Learning Guidelines: For Children Birth to Age Three
    The Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Birth to Age 3 provide early childhood professionals and policy makers a framework for understanding child development by presenting information on what children know and should do and what development looks like in everyday life. The main goal of the Guidelines is to offer early childhood professionals a cohesive analysis of children’s development with common expectations and common language. These Guidelines also provide suggestions and ideas on how to create early experiences that benefit all children’s learning and development.
  • PBS Parents: Child Development Activities
    This web resource offers fun, engaging activities to promote child development.
  • Tips for Surviving Child Developmental Assessment
    Zero to Three provides this brief handout for parents, explaining the assessment process and providing tips for their involvement.
  • VEIPD: Child Development
    A Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center (VEIPD) resource guide that provides professionals with a variety of recommended online tools and articles related to child development.

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