A to Z’s of Early Childhood

The Science of Child Development and Learning

In the A to Z’s of Early Childhood, parents, caregivers, practitioners and policymakers can find short videos and quick tips on how to strengthen children’s development through the 3R’s of Early Learning: Relationships, Repetition, Routines ™, all based on the science of early childhood development and training.

This trusted source offers robust, quality and up-to-date information and resources, including links to academic research and detailed policy briefs. Click on any letter to begin.

A

Access

Did you know there are local and national resources to help families locate and access needed early education and care arrangements?

B

Behavior

Did you know there are strategies for helping young children learn positive behaviors and address challenging behaviors?

C

Collaboration

Did you know there are key “ingredients” that make collaborating for collective impact successful?

D

Discipline

Did you know there are positive discipline strategies for reducing challenging behavior and supporting positive behavior?

E

Everyday Learning Opportunities

Did you know there are strategies for providing learning opportunities to children during everyday routines?

F

Family-Professional Partnerships

Did you know there are strategies for building strong family-professional partnerships?

G

Growth and Development

Did you know that monitoring a child’s growth and development leads to more quality early learning experiences?

H

Home Visiting

Did you know that home visits promote positive outcomes for young children and their families?

I

Inclusion

Did you know embedded instruction helps all children participate in early learning?

J

Justice

Did you know justice in early childhood relies on developmental equality and dignity?

K

Kindergarten Readiness

Did you know there are strategies for creating a “ready” school?

L

Language

Did you know there are strategies for building language through everyday interactions?

M

Medical Home

Did you know there are strategies for developing coordinated, accessible health care for young children?

N

Newborns

Did you know there are strategies for interacting with newborns that support brain development?

O

Obesity Prevention

Did you know there are feeding strategies that can reduce risk of early childhood obesity?

P

Practice-Based Coaching

Did you know there is a coaching framework that supports the development and learning of young children?

Q

Quality Early Care and Education

Did you know there are ways to identify quality care and education settings for young children?

R

Reading

Did you know there are specific strategies for shared book reading with infants, toddlers and preschoolers?

S

Social and Emotional Development and Learning

Did you know there are age-appropriate strategies for supporting social and emotional development?

T

Toys

Did you know that toys can support young children’s development and learning?

U

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Did you know that UDL principles support all children’s learning? 

V

Virtual Learning

Did you know there are ways to support young children’s development and learning from a distance?

W

Ways to Learn

Did you know you can support young children’s development and learning through each of their senses?

X

X’s and O’s

Did you know there are practices for promoting nurturing and responsive relationships using warmth and affection at every stage?

Y

Young Brains

Did you know you can promote young brain development through relationships, repetition, and routines?

Z

Zone of Proximal Development

Did you know there are practices for supporting young children while learning new skills?

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