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Developmental Milestones for Children

Every child is unique. All children develop their motor, verbal, emotional, and intellectual skills at their own rates. We encourage parents to use this list of developmental milestones only as a guideline. Your child may be doing these activities earlier or later than is suggested by this chart. If you have any concerns about any aspect of your child’s development we encourage you to speak with our school directors, your child’s teachers, and your child’s doctor.


Developmental Milestones

  • Sees objects and follows motions with eyes and head
  • Begins to eat soft food
  • Teeth begin to show
  • Shows emotions through facial expressions and sounds
  • Begins to coo and make other sounds
  • Lifts head
  • Rolls over, sits up, stands with assistance, and walks while holding on

Developmental Goals – What We Want for Our Infants

  • To begin to respond to what is said to them, indicating some understanding
  • To increase in physical size indicating they have good nutrition
  • To respond to others with their eyes and their sounds
  • To be calm as an indication of feeling secure


Developmental Milestones

  • Learns to feed self and use a cup, spoon and fork
  • Wants independence and attempts to dress self
  • Gains skill using hands and fingers to move large and small objects
  • Increases spoken words from 10-20 words to nearly 300
  • Begins to run and climb
  • Shows a range of emotions including joy, affection, fear, anger, surprise

Developmental Goals - What We Want for Our Toddlers

  • To develop their ability to figure things out
  • To play well with others and learn to share
  • To express themselves with their body and their words
  • To use language with easy sentences
  • To feel safe and secure

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Two-Year Olds

Developmental Milestones

  • Realize they can let others know how they are feeling and what they want
  • Able to say the names of people and objects
  • Can say phrases and short sentences
  • Show interest in using their fine motor skills for coloring, cutting, working puzzles
  • Enjoy using their large motor skills for running, climbing, dancing
  • Begins to recognize that others have feelings
  • Become aware of their need to go to the bathroom

Developmental Goals - What We Want for Our Two-Year Olds

  • To encourage them to feel proud of themselves
  • To help them to stay focused on one thing for a longer period of time
  • To introduce them to a variety of foods
  • To encourage them to be physically active
  • To encourage their use of words and sentences and to figure things out
  • To encourage them to want to go to the bathroom when they need it

Three-Year Olds

Developmental Milestones

  • Shows interest in making and building things
  • Shows sympathy for others
  • Can tell a story about what they have seen
  • Express pride in what they can do
  • Has better eye-hand coordination
  • Enjoys their ability to run, jump, climb stairs, throw, and kick
  • Asks questions to try and understand what has happened
  • Develops independence in going to the bathroom

Developmental Goals - What We Want for Our Three-Year Olds

  • To have an awareness of themselves
  • To develop their ability to speak and to listen
  • To promote learning new things and solving problems
  • To encourage taking responsibility for themselves
  • To help them develop both their fine and gross motor skills
  • To promote more abstract thinking about things that cannot be seen
  • To encourage getting along well with others
  • To encourage their ability to figure things out for themselves

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Four-Year Olds

Developmental Milestones

  • Draws objects that can be recognized for what they are
  • Can use words and sentences to describe activities, stories, and distances
  • Identifies as able to take care of some things themselves
  • Practices doing things repeatedly to get it right
  • Begins to be able to play longer without resting
  • Becomes aware of the effect of their emotions on others
  • Tests their power to get what they want

Developmental Goals - What We Want for Our Four-Year Olds

  • To promote sense of self
  • To develop listening and speaking skills
  • To encourage logical thinking and solving problems on their own
  • To encourage taking responsibility for themselves
  • To encourage ability to be social with other children and adults
  • To promote both fine and gross motor skills
  • To promote representational and symbolical thinking


Developmental Goals – What We Want for Our Schoolagers

  • To acquire a sense of being able to accomplish things on their own
  • To develop the sense they can control their own environment
  • To take responsibility for their own thoughts and physical actions
  • To experience success that is recognized by others, especially their peers
  • To feel that they are valued and loved

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