Quality Choices for Early Childhood Education and Child Care in Union Parish

High-quality early childhood programs recognize the importance of providing an environment that teaches and nurtures children to learn these milestones and meet standards of learning.

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Developmental Milestones

An increasing number of children are spending most of their day in early childhood programs so parents can work or go to school.
These early years are critical to your child’s development. 

Did you know?

-There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and the day that the child shows up for the first day of kindergarten?

-With quality early childhood education, children will be school ready, have higher graduation rates, and grow into productive citizens and valuable employees?

-In the first few years of life, 700 new neural connections are formed each second?

-By the time they enter school, children from advantaged backgrounds may know as many as 15,000 more words than their disadvantaged peers?

-High quality early childhood programs improve health and nutrition?

-85% of a child’s brain is developed by age 3?

-Playing with blocks and other building toys teaches children about geometry?

-Talking with your child is one of the most important things you can do?

-You can help your child learn while driving? Help your child to tell you the color of signs, shapes of signs and count how long you sit at a red light!

-Music helps a child learn to rhyme?

High-quality early care and education are geared to give your child a jumpstart to learning. Standards are in place to prepare your child for success in school and in life.

Quality early childhood programs not only help your child’s brain develop in a timely fashion, they also contribute to physical, emotional and social development. Along with school readiness, it is also important to look for key developmental milestones in your children.

Here’s a quick look at A FEW developmental milestones:

6 MonthsOne YearTwo YearsThree YearsFour Years
Looks when name is called
Says the names of favorite toys
Uses 2-3 word sentences
Uses 3-5 word sentences
Says first and last name
Smiles and enjoys being talked to
Says 1-2 words such as "Mama" and "Dada"
Says several words such as "No" and "Mine"
Tells a simple story
Asks when, why, and how questions
Babbles back and forth
Enjoys peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake
Follows simple directions
Says their own name and age when asked
Knows opposites like hot/cold and big/little
Makes both happy and sad noises
Imitates waving bye-bye or blowing a kiss
Scribbles with crayon, may imitate lines and circles
Plays with other children
Counts out 10 items
Helps hold bottle during feedings
Points with index finger
Turns pages of a book one at a time
Can name a friend or caregiver
Recognizes own name in print
Rolls over both ways
Uses thumb and index finger to pick up small items, such as cereal
Stacks 6 blocks
Repeats simple rhymes and songs
Colors within the lines and can draw a face
Plays with own toes
Has a preferred caregiver
Feeds self with a spoon and drinks from a cup
Walks up steps
Enjoys pretend play
Sits up with little support needed
Crawls on hands and knees
Points to hair, eyes, ears, and nose
Rides a tricycleNames 4 colors
Reaches and picks up a toy
Reaches up with arms to be picked up
Plays by pushing, pulling, and dumping toys
Jumps with both feet coming off the ground
Copies circle, square, and triangle patterns
Transfers an object from hand to handWalks around furniture and may take a few steps
Walks well and starts to run
Takes turns
Uses scissors