Early Childhood Education Professionals Resources
Grow Your Kids: Talk Read Engage Encourage (TREE)
These handouts, developed by the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, provide information on early childhood development and ways of interaction that promote child development, birth to 2 years of age. Handouts are available in English and Spanish.
Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)
Ages & Stages Questionnaires are developmental screening tools designed for use by early childhood educators and health care professionals. They are the most widely used screeners and help pinpoint developmental progress in children.
View 5 basic approaches to promoting optimal development in young children. Boston Basics also includes short videos of parents engaging in interaction with their child that demonstrate each of the 5 approaches. This site also includes posters, presentations, handouts, and documents on the research supporting the Boston Basics approach.
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
(available in English and Spanish)
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them. New free training available: Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns. Visit www.cdc.gov/WatchMeTraining to access this FREE, 1-hour online, continuing education courses avaliable in English and Spanish to help you monitor the development of children in your care and talk with parents about developmental concerns. In Oregon after completing the 4 modules, print out your certificate of completion and send it to the Oregon Registry Online (ORO) for professional development credit.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Most Americans probably know the CDC as the federal agency that tracks and monitors disease outbreaks like the Zika virus. But they have also supported a vast amount of research on child development that produced what many consider the guiding principles. The Learn the Signs. Act Early. initiative encourages parents and caregivers to use CDC Milestones Checklists to track their child’s progress and talk to their doctor if they are concerned about their child missing milestones.
The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI)
NCPMI promotes the positive social, emotional and behavioral outcomes of young children (birth through age five). NCPMI provides tools and informational resources to families and early care and educational professionals.
Developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, this unifying framework is unique in its approach to identifying the five Protective Factors that strengthen families’ ability to raise well-adjusted children. Produced by the Center for the Study of Social Policy in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, this policy brief recommends early childhood education professionals use resources such as Act Early Oregon that provide an important and easy way to connect families with needed resources, services and support. These telephone helplines connect families to a trained support person who can work with them to learn more about what they need and connect them to appropriate resources.
Too Small to Fail
Here you’ll find resources designed to help you tackle the word gap and support early learning and brain development. Our resources include a Community Campaign Guide, with lessons learned from our “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” campaigns.