Education and Intervention
Universal Pre-Kindergarten in the News!
Child Development Guidance for Parents of Young Children
Parents and families are a child’s first teacher. These materials are designed to help the caregivers in a child’s life understand early childhood development and ways to foster it beginning at birth.
Countdown to Kindergarten
Engaging families, educators ,and the community in a citywide effort to enhance early learning opportunities and to support the transition into kindergarten.
Child-care Resources and Referrals
Offering support, resources, technical assistance, training, and child-care expertise to families and child-care providers.
Head Start and Early Head Start
Preparing children for preschool and kindergarten using activities and experiences that develop their cognitive and emotional skills.
Kindergarten and Pre-K
Options for getting your youngest learners off to a successful start.
The City of Boston provides high-quality prekindergarten (preschool) for every 4-year-old living in the City at no cost to families.
Boston Early Childhood Research Practice Partnership
Developmental Monitoring and ScreeningScreening
Developmental monitoring means observing and noting specific ways a child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves every day, in an ongoing way. This is done by parents, grandparents, other caregivers. The link below provides a resource that helps you learn what to look for. Act early if you have a concern.
Developmental Milestones Checklist
Milestones matter! How your children plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about his or her development. The checklist below provides a guide on what to look for at different ages.
Developmental screening is the practice of systematically looking for and monitoring signs that a young child may be delayed in one or more areas of development. It is done by healthcare providers, early childhood teachers, or other trained providers.
Screening is not meant to establish a diagnosis for the child. Instead, it's meant to help professionals determine whether more in-depth assessment is the next step.