Here you will find general resources related to infant and toddler development.
Articles & Handouts
Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) Practice Guide with Adaptations (external website)
These guides make it easier for young children with disabilities to participate in early literacy learning activities. Written for both parents and practitioners, the practice guides describe everyday home, community, and childcare learning opportunities that encourage early literacy learning.
Lifter, K., Foster-Sanda, S., Arzamarski, C., Briesch, J., & McClure, E. (2011). Overview of play: Its uses and importance in early intervention/early childhood special education. Infants & Young Children, 24(3), 225-245. (external website)
This article provides a review of the literature related to the use of play in early intervention, early childhood special education, and early childhood education.
School Readiness Goals for Infants & Toddlers (external website | pdf)
Early Head Start National Research Center
This 12-page booklet reviews information about early learning as it relates to preparing young children for school and provides examples of readiness goals for young infants, older infants, and toddlers.
Baby Communication Milestones (external website, YouTube)
Einstein on: Baby and Toddler Milestones, Dr. Lisa Shulman
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
In this public service video for parents, Lisa Shulman, M.D., uses video of babies and toddlers to show the communication milestones expected in typically developing children. She also discusses what parents should do if they suspect their child is developmentally delayed.
Brain Hero (external website)
This 3 minute video was developed by the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University and the University of Southern California and is based on visuals from interactive video game formats. This video “portrays how actions taken by parents, teachers, policymakers, and others can affect life outcomes for both the child and the surrounding community.”
Brain Rules for Baby Videos (external website)
This series of videos are based on the book, Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina. Brain research related to a variety of topics, such as discipline, breastfeeding, and communication, are covered in an accessible, easy-to-understand format.
Bright Futures Discovery Display – Videos (external website)
Visit this site to find lots of video clips about various topics related to child development. You can search by child’s age, theme, and health visit.
Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) Practice Videos (external website)
CELL videos are designed for teachers, parents, trainers, coaches, and home visitors. Some of the topics covered include:
- Literacy rich environments
- Child interests
- Everyday literacy activities
- Responsive teaching, and
Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything (external website)
This video was developed by The Ounce of Prevention Fund and shares a powerful message about the importance of investing in the early years and the difference we all can make in a child’s life.
“Little Kids, Big Questions” Podcast Series (external website)
Zero to Three
Little Kids, Big Questions is a series of 12 podcasts with leading experts that translates the research of early childhood development into practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family.
Learn the Signs. Act Early. – Virginia Handouts (external website)
A series of handouts from the CDC’s Act Early campaign have been adapted for Virginia and are available on the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia website www.infantva.org. These handouts are available in English and Spanish and cover the following topics:
- Asperger Syndrome
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Cerebral Palsy
- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
- Developmental Screening
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
- Fragile X Syndrome
- Hearing Loss
- Intellectual Disability
- Vision Loss
Young Infant Webinar Series (external website)
Texas Early Childhood Intervention
This free webinar series features 1-hour recordings on topics including assessment and intervention of feeding, motor and sensory motor development, and evaluation of infants 6 months and younger.
Websites & Programs
Learn the Signs. Act Early. (external website)
Centers for Disease Control
This site offers many resources related to child development and milestones, information for families, health care providers, and educators, and lots of free materials. A few of these resources are listed below.
Baby Steps Video (external website)
This video provides information about the importance of monitoring early childhood development and acting early when a concern is noted.
Milestone Moments (external PDF)
This 24-page printable booklet is designed to help families monitor their children’s milestones between birth to 5 years.
Zero to Three (external website)
This site has many resources about behavior & development, care & education, maltreatment and public policy related to the development of infants and toddlers. Many free resources are available including podcasts, printable booklets and handouts, etc. Here are a few highlighted resources you’ll find on Zero to Three’s site:
Baby Brain Map (external website)
The Baby Brain Map allows you to explore what is known about brain development for children from prenatally through age 36 months by clicking on areas of the brain to learn answers to a variety of questions.
Tips & Tools on Play (external website)
Look for lots of resources related to supporting play, nurturing brain development, what caregivers can do to encourage play, and much more.