Understanding Child Development

As a parent, you know your child best. Children are constantly learning, changing and growing, and the early years of a child's life are vital for healthy development. How your child plays, learns, speaks and acts will show you how your child is developing.

Skills such as smiling for the first time, saying their first word, and taking their first steps are called developmental milestones. Developmental milestones, or stages, are things children can do by a certain age.

Each child is different and develops at his or her own pace, however experts have a good idea of the range of development that your 0-5 year old should be reaching. With the right care, support, and opportunities, healthy development can help a child reach his or her full potential.

If you have concerns about your child’s development, please refer to the Early ACCESS page to learn about making a referral. You can also read through the resources and information on this site or simply call IFSN to discuss child development milestones.


Health and Safety

  • Supervise me always, in the tub or around any water
  • Keep me in a car seat that fits toddlers in the back seat of the car
  • Provide me with three small, balanced meals and healthy snacks each day
  • I may have a regular time for a bowel movement each day and few wet diapers
  • Take me to the Dentist and check to make sure my teeth get enough fluoride
  • Keep candles, matches, and lights far way from where I can reach them


Last Updated: Feb 29, 2016