From the time of birth until Kindergarten, there are approximately two thousand days. Research shows that these two thousand days are a critical period of growth and development in a young child’s life. It is the mission of the Central Rivers AEA Early Childhood Team to promote high quality family childcare and early educational opportunities during this important time.

The Iowa Early Learning Standards summarize developmental expectations for children birth through age 5. This document also contains an alignment with the Iowa Core Kindergarten Literacy and Math Standards.

The Zero to Three Parent Resources offer information for parents in a wide variety of developmental areas.

Trending topics in early childhood

Have you ever wondered about screen time for young children?  The article, Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight, provides research-based guidelines for screen use for children under three.  And, here is a family-friendly handout on the topic of ‘screen time’,  5 Myths About Young Children and Screen Media.

The First Words Project

What does it take to learn and talk?  It takes gestures, sounds, play, and much more.  Explore The First Words Project for resources, milestones, and screening.