CDC Milestones in Action

2392327?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a variety of free educational materials on child development for parents and providers. The “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program includes printable handouts, free online training modules, and information on developmental milestones. The Milestones in Action library includes photos and videos to illustrate the social/emotional, language/communication, cognitive, and movement/physical development milestones for children ages two months to five years. Parents and caregivers can view the pictures and videos to see examples of typical developmental milestones, and professionals can use these images in training and awareness-building activities.

To access the Milestones in Action library, visit

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The ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM) describes core knowledge and role-specific competencies needed for early intervention service provision, incorporating current research and evidence in the field of early intervention. To access the ESPM, CLICK HERE.

This resource is related to the following ESPM knowledge-level competencies:

  • Core Knowledge (CK):
    • CK4: The range of typical infant/toddler physiological factors such as:
      • Early neurological/brain development
      • Basic health and nutrition
      • Physical growth and maturation
    • CK6: The sequences of development and the interrelationships among developmental areas/factors, including:
      • Sensory and motor development
      • Sensory processing
      • Receptive and expressive communication skills, including second language acquisition
      • Cognitive skills such as attention, perception, motivation, initiation, problem solving, concept formation, memory and learning
      • Social development
      • Emotional development and resiliency, including the development of attachment and trust, and self-regulation
      • Self-help skills and adaptive behavior
      • Temperament
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