The early years of a child’s life are very important for his or her healthy development. As parents, you know your child best. Milford Kids Thrive Child Development section helps parents and caregivers learn more about child development (physical/cognitive/social-emotional/communication), track developmental milestones, and get tips on how to ensure your little one reaches their fullest potential. If you have concerns about your child’s development visit our screening and early supports page.

Tips for Promoting Social-Emotional Development birth to age 3

Social-emotional wellness is often known as infant “mental health” by early childhood professionals. It is through relationships that young children develop social emotional wellness. Relationships provide the loving context necessary to comfort, protect, encourage, and offer a buffer against stressful times. Read more here on tips to promote social-emotional development in your children: Birth to…

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Screen Time and your Preschooler

The following is an article by Ariel Gilreath shared from the bi-monthly newsletter titled ‘Early Childhood’ from The Hechinger Report dated 7/26/2023 Is screen time for preschoolers as bad as we think? A new study from researchers at Ohio State University suggests the answer is more nuanced than popularly believed.   Using data gathered in 2018-19, researchers…

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6 Stages of Play Development

Play is all about having fun! But did you know play is more than just a fun activity for your child? During playtime children develop important life skills like problem solving, risk taking, social skills and creativity. Giving your child time to play is important for their development at every age. Try to work playtime…

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Developmental Milestones

How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about their development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Every child is different of course…

Screening & Early Supports

Children develop at different rates. If you are concerned about your child’s development, developmental screening is a process that helps caregivers understand where children are in the various areas of development and whether they could benefit from support …