Learn About Child Development
The early years of your child’s life are full of amazing milestones, like their first smile, word, and step. At OEC, we have programs and resources that support children as they develop — and help out their parents too.
We have the information you need — guidance on finding child care, tools to support learning at home, tips on accessing financial support, and answers to key questions. See our COVID-19 resources for families.
Wondering when your baby will start to crawl or talk? Have questions about teething or tantrums? Get answers right now from Help Me Grow — a free program for children and their families offered by OEC. Call Help Me Grow at the Child Development Infoline at 800-505-7000.
Track your child’s development
Sign up for OEC’s Ages and Stages Program — a free service offered by Help Me Grow for parents of children from birth through age 5.
Here’s how it works. We’ll send you some questions every few months for you to answer how your baby is growing, behaving, and learning. After you send us your answers, we’ll offer personalized suggestions for activities you can do together. We’ll also get in touch if it seems like your child may need some extra help. Learn more about Ages and Stages.
Learn about milestones from the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has the facts about when children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, and move. Paying attention to your child’s milestones will help you track their development. Visit the CDC’s Act Early website.
Get guidance from Connecticut’s Early Learning Standards (CT ELDS)
The CT ELDS are a key resource for teachers and child care providers in Connecticut. They lay out what we expect children to know and be able to do by different ages, from 6 months to age 5. Our CT ELDS Guide for Families has suggestions for activities you and your child can do together as they grow. Check out the CT ELDS Guide for Families.