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Early Childhood Development

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There Is No One Like Your Child

Every child's development is unique and complex. Although children develop through a generally predictable sequence of steps and milestones, they may not proceed through these steps in the same way or at the same time. A child's development is also greatly influenced by factors in his or her environment and the experiences he or she has. The information in this section will explain what child development experts consider to be "widely-held expectations" for what an average child might achieve within a given year.

Please consider what you read in the context of your child's unique development. Also included are activities that you as a parent can do to help your child grow in every way.  Parents, as a child’s first and best teacher, play the most important role in giving your child the greatest opportunity to succeed. KIDS NOW is committed to providing families with the information and tools they need to help their child be their best.

Parent Guides​​​

The Kentucky Early Childhood Standards – Parent Guides (Birth-Three and Three and Four Year Olds) provide an easy-to-understand version of The Kentucky Early Childhood Standards for parents of young children.The Guides are a tool to assist parents in understanding the developmental sequence that unfolds in the first four years of life. The Guides help parents to understand their role in supporting development and learning during the first four years. And very importantly, the Guides help the parents to understand the connection between the infant/toddler and preschool years and later academic success. 

Use the links to the left to download a copy of the Parent Guides. 
​Download the Parent Guides

​​​​Parent Guide- Birth to Three

​​​​Parent Guide- Three and Four​ 

Spanish Parent Guide- Birth to Three

Spanish Parent Guide- Three and Four

Other Resources 

Governor's Office of Early Childhood - 125 Holmes St. - Frankfort, KY 40601 - (502)782-0200