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.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Initiative

Studies have shown that reading books to your children each and every day is the single biggest factor to their early reading readiness and the development of cognitive skills. Research proves that children need to hear 1000 books before they begin to learn to read independently.  Reading to children will: increase their vocabulary, increase their…

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Your Preschooler Explained

Does your preschooler have some quirky behaviors that occasionally leave you baffled!? Wondering why they like to collect small things, or like the same story or movie on repeat? Your Preschooler Explained is a funny, honest account of some common and totally normal things about your preschoolers behaviors. As with any developmental stage, if you…

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The Importance of Play in a Child’s Development

Play has been shown to have many benefits to your child’s healthy brain development. Through play, children build and strengthen social-emotional and cognitive skills. They have control over their own actions and generally feel safe to express themselves freely, trying out different behaviors or ideas, typically without fears or anxiety. When children play they are…

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PBS Documentary: Early Brain Development

A child’s brain is 80% developed by age three…and 90% by age five! The early years are a period of rapid growth in a child’s brain development and learning. (*pbs.org) That’s why the early years are SO important for healthy development! Take a look at this short, easy-to-understand video from PBS which explains more about…

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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 …