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Early childhood development and early intervention

Early childhood development refers to the process of physical, cognitive, personality, and psychosocial growth occurring from birth through age 5. Early childhood education refers to programs for toddlers and preschool children. Early intervention is action taken using medical, family, school, social, or mental health resources. It is aimed at infants and children at risk for or in the early stages of mental, physical, learning, or other disorders. The term may also include obstetric and prenatal care. In the United States, the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that children 3 years of age and older with disabilities receive educational services through public school systems. Consequently, early intervention programs most often serve children from infancy up to 3 years of age.


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Services and Programs

  • TRIAD Families First Program
    The TRIAD Families First Program is a monthly workshop series for parents of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and professionals.
  • Bright Start: Cognitive Curriculum for Young Children
  • CCDH - Young Children
    Through facilitating community collaboration, fostering self-advocacy, and promoting acceptance, CCDH’s goals include helping individuals identify and access supports and services bringing unmet needs to the attention of decision-makers and advocating for change; providing expertise about best practices and specialized resources; and conducting outreach, education, and professional development activities.
  • Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
    The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is a national resource center for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.
  • Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt
    The Department of Pediatrics is associated with some of the finest institutions in the country for the diagnosis and treatment of children. The department is housed within the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, enabling a true synergy between the teaching faculty, house staff and the patients they treat.
  • Developmental Milestones Screening
    Children develop skills, or "milestones," at their own pace. How is your child doing? You only need 10-20 minutes to check with the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition. Your ASQ-3™ results will help you see if your child's developmental progress is on time and alert you to concerns that you can talk over with your health care provider.
  • Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment
    A simple, user-friendly way to help early childhood educators, family child care providers, and families find and share great digital resources from around the web.
  • KidsHealth
    KidsHealth is the largest and most-visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
    The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. NAEYC is committed to becoming an increasingly high performing and inclusive organization.
  • National Center for Early Development and Learning
    NCEDL is a national early childhood research project supported by the US Department of Education's Institute for Educational Sciences (IES), formerly the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI). Administratively based at the FPG Child Development Institute, NCEDL is a collaboration with the University of Virginia & UCLA.
  • Week of the Young Child
    The National Week of the Young Child focuses public attention on the rights and needs of young children. It is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which is dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education for all young children and their families.

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