Developmental Awareness

developResources for promoting healthy development and ways to monitor children’s development.

  • Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
    Extensive resources to promote awareness of developmental milestones, universal screening, early identification of concerns and delays, enhanced developmental supports.

  • BUILD Initiative
    Effort devoted to creating a national support system for state policy leaders and early childhood systems development.

  • Rising to the Challenge
    Building Effective Systems for Young Children  and Families, a BUILD E-Book.
  • Caring for Our Children, 3rd Ed. (CFOC)  (2011) Guidelines, Stepping Stones and Basics
    Provides national Health and Safety Performance Standards for Early Care and Education Programs, AAP, APHA, and NRC. National standards are based on best evidence, expertise and experience on quality health and safety practices and policies for all early care and education programs. Guidelines include a collection of standards focused on infant and toddler care, listed below.

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Learn the Signs. Act Early.  
    Comprehensive resources include developmental milestones, what to do if there are concerns, free materials to download and customize, children’s book “Amazing Me—It’s Busy Being 3!”, resources for parents, and videos on milestones and development.

  • CDC Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns
    Training modules for early care and education providers. It provides tools and best practices for monitoring the development of children in child care and talking about it with their parents.


  • CT Early Learning Guidelines (CT ELDS)
    The ELDS were developed through the work of the CT Early Childhood Cabinet and its Early Learning Standards Workgroup. In addition, over 100 state and national experts participated in some way during the development process, helping to ensure a strong and comprehensive set of Early Learning Standards for Connecticut. The Action Guides provide information about what families and teachers can do to support early learning and development.

    • Website
    • English Action Guides
    • Spanish Action Guide
    • Video: The CT ELDS: A Valuable Tool for Supporting Young Children illustrates how early childhood providers can meaningfully incorporate the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards in their planning and teaching in order to provide developmentally appropriate experiences for young children. Teachers, administrators, and family child care providers across Connecticut discuss how the CT ELDS is a useful tool for intentional teaching, and share how they use the tool in practice. The video describes the different features of the CT ELDS, how the tool can be used to meet the diverse needs of the children in their care, and how it can support working with families. This video was developed by the Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University with funding from the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood.
  • National Training Institute for Child Care Health Consultants (2013)
    Training modules and tool kit for child care health consultants (funded by USDHHS MCHB).  The “mental health” module includes information on early brain development, characteristics of healthy children and families, developmental milestones, behavioral red flags, trainer guide and slides.

  •  Zero to Three
    Comprehensive website focused on child development from birth to three years of age.

  • Developmental Monitoring and Screening