Growth & Developmentpicture of measuring a child

Parents often wonder what characteristics and skills their children should be developing as they mature. Every child is unique, but there are milestones that children reach every year. This section of our site provides parents with information on the physical, mental, social and emotional growth and development in children from infancy through the teenage years.

Internet Resources

If searching for more information, remember to use keywords "child development" and "child growth and development."

Child Development Basics
Prepared by the Child Development Institute, the pages in this site list characteristics for each stage of development and direct readers to information on how to help children and adolescents reach their full potential as they grow and develop.

General Growth and Development Articles
Reliable sources such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education provide articles that cover a wide range of topics including childhood development, speech and language development, puberty, and general emotional development.

Growth and Development
KidsHealth provides doctor-approved health information about children which will help parents learn how to understand and deal with a child's changing body and mind.

Inside the Teenage Brain
"What's going on in there?" How science may help to explain the mysteries of the teen years.

The Brazelton Scale: What Is It?
The Brazelton Scale, named after its key developer, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, provides a guide that helps parents, health care providers, and researchers understand a wide range of behaviors in newborns up to two months old.

The Whole Child
Funded by the Department of Education and PBS this site provides the ABC's of development in children from birth through age five. This is a companion to the 13-part child development series aired on PBS.

Library Resources

You can find information about Child Growth and Development at your local public library. Books may be located in either the Adult area or in a special parenting collection in the Children's area classified under the Dewey number 649.1. Your local librarian will be happy to help you locate the materials you need or visit your library online at


Building Healthy Minds: The Six Experiences That Create Intelligence and Emotional Growth in Babies and Young Children by Stanley I. Greenspan, Md.
Describes in detail six crucial developmental stages and the healthy interactions children need at each stage to shape their minds, their sense of self and their view of the world.

The Children's Hospital Guide To Your Child's Health and Development
Assembled by medical experts, this concise, but easy-to-follow manual is divided into five major sections including Your Child Age-by-Age which covers information on development, behavior, safety, and parenting for newborns through school-age children.

Your Adolescent: Emotional, Behavioral, and Cognitive Development from Early Adolescence Through the Teen Years
Written by the members of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, this manual offers clear and concise information on the normal development, developmental milestones, physical, behavioral, and emotional growth of adolescents.

Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five: A New Version
by Penelope Leach.
Reflecting new findings in the field of child development, this edition discusses each developmental stage from the newborn through the young child and covers additional topics such as muscle power, language and speech.

Your Child: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Childhood Development from Birth to Preadolescence
Written by the members of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry this parent-friendly guide describes the developmental milestones of childhood, discusses specific questions and provides guidance for day-to-day interactions with a child.


Long Island Parents & Children ( is a local monthly magazine available for free at public libraries and. It includes an age-by-age advice section.

Parents Magazine ( is a monthly magazine that includes lots of advice including a separate guide for each different age group.

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