Information On Early Childhood Development

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Colorado Office of Early Childhood PLAYbook

The PLAYbook contains activities and information that are designed to get caregivers thinking about building the child’s skills in the locations where they spend time together, using what they may already have around their home through play.

Here you will find a digital version of the PLAYbook in English: and Spanish: . The PDF file is interactive, allowing users to take notes or use the checklists and interactive tools digitally! The PLAYbook can also be downloaded and printed.

Great, Concise Content for Families and Professionals

Visit this site to access 15 handouts with evidence-based information in English and Spanish on key topics ranging from stress and play to self-regulation and verbal development.

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Early Learning and Development Guidelines (ELDG):
ELDG’s describe the path of children’s learning and development from birth to age 8. They’re designed so that everyone who cares for young children can play an important part in giving Colorado’s kids a healthy start. The Colorado Office of Early Childhood developed tools to help parents and caregivers, early childhood professionals, and child advocates access and use the Guidelines.

The revised Early Learning & Development Guidelines have a new look and are available now!
Check them out at

ELDG Videos:
Twenty-nine videos, in English and Spanish, identify milestones for children at various ages, and model fun and easy ways you can “get involved” to support learning and development.


Douglas County School District Child Find

A screening may be helpful to understand the cause of your child’s developmental and/or behavior issues. Children from birth to three years of age can receive a multidisciplinary evaluation through the Douglas County School District Child Find. Children from three to five years of age receive services through the school district. Each Child Find team includes professionals who evaluate the clarity of speech, the use and understanding of language, fine, gross and visual-motor skills, cognitive ability and behavior. A team member also reviews the child’s medical, health, and developmental history with the parents. The team may include representation from speech language pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, nursing and other specialists as necessary.
Call 720-433-0025 or visit:

Parenting Essentials for Toddlers
(free resource from CDC): Get expert advice and tips from experts on parenting

CDC Milestone Moments:
How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age.

Three-Part Video Series on the Developing Child:
The series depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse.

ZERO to THREE “Little Kids, Big Questions” Podcast Series:
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.