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Helpful for Ages: Birth-3

Early Development & Well-Being

The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby’s development. Learn how the earliest relationships can promote healthy brain development, how young children build social and emotional skills, and ways you can support language and literacy development starting from birth.

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Helpful for Ages: Birth-3

Parent Favorites

A collection of Zero to Three's highest trending resources for parents designed to help you tune in to what makes your child tick, and to guide you in thinking about the best way to meet your child’s individual needs.

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Helpful for All Ages

Social & Emotional Development

Research shows that those with higher social-emotional skills have better attention skills and fewer learning problems, and are generally more successful in academic and workplace settings. Like any math or English skills, these skills can be taught and grow over time.

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Helpful for Ages 2-8

Children's Book List

A comprehensive listing of book titles and authors for children age 2 to 8 years, focusing on social-emotional development and friendships.

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Helpful for Ages: Birth-3

Social and Emotional Resources

Like all skills, social and emotional development takes nurturing. Check out new resources for simple ways parents and caregivers can help foster children’s healthy social and emotional development right from birth.

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Helpful for All Ages

What Is Social-Emotional Development?

Children are learning more quickly between the ages of 0 and 5 than at any other time in life. During this time, they aren’t just learning their ABCs and 123s: they are also building emotional and social skills.

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Key Social and Emotional Milestones at Various Ages

The following examples represent developmental milestones for most children at each given age.

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