The CDC offers information about developmental milestones by age and children’s mental health as well as developmental screenings.  There are tips for positive parenting and other research and resources.  The Child Development Page on the CDC  website gives information about a variety of health and safety concerns if you need more information about specific conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, muscular dystrophy, hearing or vision loss, etc.


In our recent webinar on child development, providers had lots of questions and advice on dealing with the development of the children in their care. So we brought together some resources from providers as well as expert in the field. Check out these resources for more information.

Establishing a United Approach with Parents

Dealing with Challenging Behaviors: Toddlers

Fostering Self-regulation

Bridging the Home and Family Child Care Experience

Town Square offers professional development through webinars and modules that count for Gateways clock hours. Some even count for the FCC credential and toward ExceleRate. If you want  to learn more about child development for the family child care provider you can check out our Child Development Webinar on the Grow Page. 


The brain is developing at the most rapid rate during the early childhood years. As infants, toddlers, and young children experience new things, connections between neurons (synapses) are being formed. As experiences and patterns of behavior are repeated, the synapses are strengthened. For optimal brain development, positive patterns of behavior and exposure to sensory experiences are important.