Early Childhood Development

Top 10 reasons for all parents and parents-to-be to register with ECDC

  1. ECDC was developed with excellent resources and is backed by powerful brain research.
  2. At birth, the brain is remarkably unfinished. During the key brain development years, parents are the child's first teachers.
  3. In the first few years of life, the brain learns social and emotional skills.
  4. The maximum development of Thinking Skills occurs between birth and 48 months.
  5. The maximum development of Second Language Skills occurs between 5 and 10 months.
  6. ECDC gives vital child developmental information to parents of children between the ages of birth to six.
  7. ECDC organizes numerous programs to support and encourage parents to succeed in their role as their child's first teacher.
  8. ECDC boasts a talented and trained volunteer force.
  9. ECDC provides ongoing information on positive, active parental involvement
  10. ECDC empowers parents to make sure their children receive the best start in life.

ECDC Birth to Three

It is normally a monthly session offered to parents of children between the ages of birth to three.

Trained Educational Representatives (EdReps) maintain monthly visits with the parents in their homes or in a group session.

The objective is to teach parents to observe and interact with their children as well as to share timely information with parents about their child's intellectual, language, motor, and social/emotional development. In addition, periodic developmental screenings of the children are conducted by the EdReps. All expectant parents are offered literature and resources on prenatal information.

ECDC Three to Six

It is normally a weekly session offered to parents of children between the ages of three to six.

The foundation of ECDC has always been a three-way working relationship between the child, parent, and teacher.

To maximize learning, elements are incorporated from three models:

  • Montessori
  • Traditional
  • High Scope

3 levels: beginner, intermediate, and advance

Fosters physical, social, emotional & intellectual development

Utilizes a spiral curriculum based on best practices

Staffed exclusively by trained volunteers

Age Appropriate Toys

With so many choices, shopping for just the right toy can be an overwhelming (and expensive) undertaking. These guides will help you find age-appropriate toys that will bring joy to the babies and toddlers in your life. In each guide, includes information about children's development, so you'll know why a toy makes sense at a particular age. http://www.babycenter.com/0_age-appropriate-toys_5.bc

This is updated periodically to list all toys that have been recalled due to safety hazards. You might be surprised to learn that some of baby's toys may pose health risks. Here, everything you need to keep your child safe from lead paint, choking hazards, and more. http://www.parents.com/baby/safety/toy-recalls/

Behavior Management

How to understand a child's temperament: Some children are "easy." They are predictable, calm, and approach most new experiences in a positive way. Other children are more difficult, not able to manage their emotional experiences and expression with ease. By being aware of some of the characteristics of temperament, you can better understand your child, appreciate his uniqueness, and deal with problems of poor "fit" that may lead to misunderstandings and conflicts. Learn more about this topic at: Click Here

Brain Development

Brain development begins shortly after conception and continues throughout a person's life. The site gives information on brain science basic information, development timeline, brain development and learning.To learn more about changes in the brain during different periods of development, click on the age appropriate images on this website (prenatal, newborns, early childhood, etc).

http://www.fcs.uga.edu
http://changingbrains.org/

Language Development

There is perhaps nothing more remarkable than the emergence of language in children. Have you ever marveled at how a child can go from saying just a few words to suddenly producing full sentences in just a short matter of time? Researchers have found that language development begins before a child is even born, as a fetus is able to identify the speech and sound patterns of the mother's voice. By the age of four months, infants are able to discriminate sounds and even read lips.

Researchers have actually found that infants are able to distinguish between speech sounds from all languages, not just the native language spoken in their homes. However, this ability disappears around the age of 10 months and children begin to only recognize the speech sounds of their native language. By the time a child reaches age three, he or she will have a vocabulary of approximately 3,000 words.

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