Child Development Information

Understanding Child Development


In order to determine if an infant or toddler is developmentally delayed or at risk for delay, it is helpful to understand normal child development and typical developmental milestones.

What is typical child development?

“Child development is a process every child goes through. This process involves learning and mastering skills like sitting, walking, talking, skipping, and typing shoes. Children learn these skills, called “developmental milestones,” during predictable time periods.”

To find out more about typical child development, developmental milestones, and typical developmental milestones, click on this link : How Kids Develop.

To learn more about specific developmental milestones in both English and Spanish and view videos about the importance of recognizing milestones, click here: CDC Learn The Signs, Act Early Developmental Milestones .

“Learn the Signs, Act Early” parent brochures

HRC has worked with the CDC to make the following “Learn the Signs, Act Early” documents available in our community, to provide parents with information about milestones, and tips for talking with the pediatrician about any developmental concerns they may have. You are welcome to download these brochures and share them with others.

These links to developmental milestones, photo and video libraries and parenting tips from the CDC can help you to track your child’s development and learn about milestones for children ages 3 to 5:

Milestone Tracker App
Developmental Milestones 2 months – 5 years
Milestones – Age 3
Milestones – Age 4
Milestones – Age 5
Preschoolers (3 – 5 years of age)

The Center for Parenting Education offers these guides to Child Development by Age

Family Training

Sensory Milestones & Occupational Therapy

Saturday Speaker Series

Presented by Seka Metran, OTR/L

Just as important as developmental milestones are sensory milestones. Creating a nurturing environment for children to improve their sensory processing skills allows them to have a better foundation in learning new skills and exploring the world around them. Sensory skills are foundational in many areas of our lives from making new friends, trying out new foods and being able to regulate our emotions.

Family Training

Understanding Your Child’s Big Emotions

Presented by Hilda Bracamontes-Colon, HRC Early Childhood Specialist

All children experience big emotions which can lead to a child acting out. Parents can feel blindsided by the child’s big emotion and may not know what to do.  In this workshop, parents will learn strategies to support their child’s social-emotional development.  Strategies will include: connecting before redirecting, rethinking discipline, providing the five critical needs, The ACT Method, and activities that promote healthy social-emotional development. Parents will leave feeling more confident, and with strategies to put in their parent toolbox.

Family Training

Strategies to Speech and Language Therapy

Early Childhood Development

This is the 2nd session in a four-part series to provide information and resources to best support Early Start clients (birth to 3 years of age) and families. 

An interactive and informative webinar that provides caregivers with a foundation of knowledge in regards to speech and language development and overall communication. 

To register, contact by email or by phone at (310) 543-7980

Family Training

Introduction to Social Emotional Development

Early Childhood Development

This is the 3rd in a 4-part series to provide information and resources to best support Early Start clients (birth to 3 years of age) and families.

Discuss the different stages of social-emotional development, how loving relationships provide young children with a sense of comfort, safety and confidence, and activities that promote positive interactions.

To register, contact by email, or by phone at (310) 543-7980