Learning and development guidelines support all children

We all have a role to play in preparing Colorado’s kids for a healthy and successful future. No matter how we interact with young children -- whether we’re first-time parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors or early childhood professionals -- we all can play a role in giving kids a strong start in life.

As parents and caregivers, our role in supporting children’s healthy development starts by simply getting involved – using the tools we already have to build strong, supportive relationships with our children and helping them feel safe and secure to learn and explore the world around them. 

Colorado’s Early Learning and Development Guidelines describe a child’s learning and development from birth to 8 years old and provide practical tips and fun ideas that anyone can use to support young children’s healthy development. 

The Guidelines recognize that all children learn, grow and develop differently. What works for one child may not work for another, and that’s OK! When parents and caregivers follow a child’s lead and support him or her with caring, consistent relationships and positive experiences, both the parent and the child will thrive.

Additionally, the Guidelines can be adapted to children with different abilities, cultures and languages and are designed for both parents to use at home and for child care providers to use in their program.

Visit EarlyLearningCO.org to access the Early Learning and Development Guidelines. The site includes information about child development at each age, including a series of fun and informational videos that deepens caregivers’ understanding of child development and how they can support it.

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