Promoting Children's Development

As they grow, children experience marked stages of development. The following resources provide more information about the development of infants and toddlers, preschool-age children, and school-age children. They also address the importance of early learning guidelines, developmental screening and assessment, language development, and supporting children with disabilities in early care and education programs.

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La División para la Primera Infancia (Division for Early Childhood, DEC) del Consejo para Niños Excepcionales y la Asociación Nacional para la Educación Infantil (Association for the Education of Young Children, NAEYC) ofrecen la siguiente definición de inclusión en la primera infancia.

Los familiares tienen información importante acerca de sus propios niños, y esta información es valiosa para todas las personas involucradas en el cuidado de un niño.

Un sentido de pertenencia auténtica es fundamental para la inclusión.

Las personas que cuidan a los demás suelen poner sus necesidades en último lugar. ¿Esto le suena familiar? Cuidarse a sí mismo es importante para su salud y bienestar, y se relaciona directamente con su capacidad para cuidar a otros y triunfar en su trabajo.

People who take care of others often put their own needs last. Does that sound familiar? Caring for yourself is important for your health and wellness, and it is directly related to your ability to care for others and succeed at work.

Training and professional development can be an exciting way to learn. It can also be a great way to connect with your peers. During trainings, you may enjoy getting to know others who have the same love for infants and toddlers.

Professional learning opportunities that focus specifically on infant and toddler care and development can help you improve and increase your skills and strategies for giving the responsive, relationship-based care that is best for infants and toddlers.

The development of core knowledge and competency standards (CKCs) is a key part of professionalizing infant/toddler care and education.

Family members have important information about their own children, and this information is valuable to anyone involved in a child’s care. Parents and guardians have a special understanding of their children’s unique qualities and characteristics, such as temperament, strengths, and interests....

A sense of authentic belonging is essential to inclusion. Just sharing physical space is not enough; when caregivers work to create meaningful relationships and experiences to fully include infants and toddlers with identified or suspected disabilities or other special needs, everyone benefits...