Learning and Development Guidelines

  • Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines

    The Early Learning and Development Guidelines describe the path of a child’s learning and development from birth to 8 years old.

    The Guidelines are designed so that everyone who cares for young children can play an important part in giving them a strong start. The Guidelines are based on research and widely accepted strategies, offering tips on learning, health and physical development, social and emotional development, language, literacy, numeracy, logic and reasoning, and other subject-specific learning.

    The Guidelines are available in both English and Spanish languages.
     

  • CDC Guidelines for Middle Childhood

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer guidelines on the development of middle childhood, children 9 to 11 years of age. These guidelines outline the social emotional changes and the thinking and learning changes experienced during this time. The CDC provides tips for positive parenting, health and safety during the middle childhood stage.

    Developmental milestones during this stage:

    • Puberty may begin at this stage, especially for girls
    • Children begin middle or junior high school
    • Healthy friendships are important, as peer pressure can increase during this stage
    • Important time to gain self-confidence, sense of responsibility and independence

    View the guidelines.
  • CDC Guidelines for Young Teens

      ​The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a guideline for development during the young teen stage, teens ages 12 to 14. These guidelines outline the social emotional changes and the thinking and learning changes experienced during this time. The CDC provides tips for positive parenting, health and safety during this stage.

      Developmental milestones during this stage:

      • Puberty
      • Growth of facial and pubic hair
      • More independence and making own decisions
      • Peer pressure to use alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or to have sex
      • Other challenges: eating disorders, depression and family problems

      View the guidelines.