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.
Contact us via online form or by phone (1-877-275-3227) to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).
Big body play : why boisterous, vigorous, and very physical play is essential to children’s development and learning
Washington, D.C. : National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2011
This book explains the multitude of benefits of big body play for young children’s social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
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Child development 0-8 : a journey through the early years
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.
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Child development and the brain : an introduction
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.
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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.
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Developmental Milestones of Young Children
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.
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Early Childhood Development: A multicultural perspective
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
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Is my child developing ok?
[Place of publication not identified] : [M. Levy], 
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.
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Pathways to competence : encouraging healthy social and emotional development in young children
Baltimore : Paul H. Brookes Pub., c2009
This engaging and versatile text gives professionals the guidance they need to work with families and to help build a foundation for children’s healthy social and emotional lives.
HQ 772 .L264 2009 291193717
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
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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.
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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.
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Key Concepts in Child Development
These key scientific concepts are the building blocks of the core story of child development. Each page within this section provides a concise video overview of a different key concept and aggregates a variety of resources.
Touchpoints hosted & created by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton.
132 minutes, DVD
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.
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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.
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.
Zero to Three, 35(4), 2-9
Culture, Parenting, and Zero-to-Threes
Marc H. Bornstein. (2015)
This article addresses parenting, culture, and the intersection of the two. The study of parenting in culture is one of similarities and differences in parental cognitions and practices and their meaning. The author provides illustrations for each.
Zero to Three, 35(2), 2-8
The Development of Self-Regulation and Executive Function in Young Children
Megan Mc Clelland and Shauna Tominey. (2014)
This article provides an overview of self-regulation and the key terms related to self-regulation, such as executive function.
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.
The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.
EIC Tip Sheets
Tip Sheets include family-focused, early intervention topics presented in clear, straightforward language.
- Facing Food Challenges One Plate at a Time (Spanish)
- How I Communicate (Spanish)
- How I Feel (Spanish)
- How I Understand (Spanish)
- A Moving Child Is a Learning Child (Spanish)
- Parenting Can Be Child’s Play (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.
American Academy of Pediatrics Media and Young Minds Policy Statement
This policy statement reviews the existing literature on television, videos, and mobile/interactive technologies; their potential for educational benefit; and related health concerns for young children (0 to 5 years of age).
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.
CSEFEL Infant/Toddler Training Modules
These four training modules were developed to help caregivers understand and support social-emotional development in infants and toddlers.
PBS Parents: Child Development Activities
This web resource offers fun, engaging activities to promote child development.
Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center (VEIPD) resources:
Zero to Three National Center for Infants Toddlers and Families resources for families and professionals