Child Development

Parents are a child’s first teacher. Read below for information on child development and how to support, respond and guide them as they learn and grow!

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Infants 0-1 year old
Toddlers 1-2 years old
Toddlers 2-3 years old
Preschoolers 3-5 years old
Middle Childhood 6-8 years old
Middle Childhood 9-11 years old
Early Adolescence 12-14 years old
Middle Adolescence 15-17 years old

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Parents As Teachers - An international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5. The program is designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent education accessible to all families. Their mission is to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. There are no economic eligibility factors to participate. Locate a PAT program near you to learn more.

Kansas Infant Toddler Services - A free service whose mission is to enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities; to minimize their potential for developmental delays; to recognize the significant brain development that occurs during the child's first three years; and to enhance the capacity of families to meet the special needs of their infants and toddlers with disabilities. Family training, counseling and home visits are included in the services. To learn more, click here.

Kansas Children's Service League - A not-for-profit organization that provides an array of services to children and their families in Kansas. The services range from parent education and a 24-hour parent support line to prevention of child abuse and neglect services. They try to meet the changing needs of children and families in Kansas to keep children safe and families strong. 

Healthy Families America - A home visitation program for first time parents that have very high levels of stress in their lives and are most at risk for abusing or neglecting their children. Services begin while the first-time mother is pregnant, or within a maximum time-period of three months after birth. The program is voluntary and does not have any income eligibility criteria.