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80% of Brain Development Happens by Age Three

  • 80% Of Brain Development Happens By Age Three

    Your child’s experiences in the first few years of life help shape how their brain develops. Their abilities, like movement, language and emotion, develop in different parts of the brain and at different rates. Each experience with parents, family members and caregivers helps build brain connections during this crucial time of development. 


  • mom watching baby play with stack toySteps is a major initiative in Michigan

    Steps is a major initiative in Michigan to provide you with tips, infographics, articles, and information. We created this initiative because the early learning that takes place from prenatal to age three are so important. The steps you take during these early years shape a child’s future health, happiness, learning, and success in life. They are simple steps, like talking to them, interacting with them, reading, singing, and playing with them daily.

Steps Tool Kit

  • Steps Family Tool Kit

    To help families know the steps to take to their children a great start on life, we put together this tool kit. It walks you through how to take small steps at each age of your child’s development. These are simple things you can do with your child every day to make a big impact on their success in school and later in life. All materials are available for free. We invite you to download them, use them, and share them. Here is what you will find in this kit: 

    • An introductory video
    • Steps brochure for families 
    • Steps development milestones checklists
    • Information & tips in easy to understand infographics
    • A list of 15 daily activities to do with your child
    • A school readiness guide



Steps Brochure for Parents and Families

  • family playing with bubbles outsideSTEPS BROCHURE FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES

    The Steps brochure will give you a quick overview about why early learning is so important and the steps you can take to help your child be the best possible version of themselves. You are the most important teacher your child will ever have. This is the most crucial stage in your child’s development. The Arabic Brochure and Spanish Brochure are also available.

    Get the Brochure


Steps Milestone Checklists

  • grandparents talking to grandchildMilestone Checklists

    We have provided you with a series of milestones checklists to view at each stage of your child’s development, from age two months through three years. Each list outlines the things most children do by each age in the following areas: 

    • Social & emotional development
    • Language & communications development
    • Cognitive development (learning, thinking, problem solving)
    • Movement & physical development
    • Plus, things to watch out for that might need a doctor’s attention


Steps Infographics

  • Steps Infographics

    The Steps infographics outline key information on early learning and development for your child. The infographics cover everything from early learning steps, to the importance of play, to ways to support language.


  • The Importance of Early LearningImportance of Early Learning

    Importance of Early Learning

    Learn about why early learning is important for your child and the benefits it gives them.

    Learn Why Early Learning Matters

  • Supporting Brain DevelopmentHelping Brain Development Through Early Learning

    Helping Brain Development

    Learn how your child’s brain develops during the early years and what you can do to help.

    Get Tips to Support brain development

  • Social and Emotional Health and DevelopmentSocial and Emotional Health and Development Infographic

    Social & Emotional Health

    Learn ways to support social and emotional health.

    Support Emotional Health

  • 5 Easy Brain Building Steps 5 Easy Brain Building Steps

    5 Easy Brain Building Steps

    Learn steps to help build your child’s brain during the time 80% of the brain develops, from birth to three.

    Get 5 Easy Steps

  • Support Literacy and LanguageTITLE

    Support Language & Literacy

    Learn how you can support your child’s language and literacy development, helping them build strong brain connections while learning to communicate.

    Get Literacy Tips

  • Child's Play is More than Fun and GamesMake Play Fun & Educational

    Make Play Fun & Educational

    Here are 4 ways you can make your child’s play both fun and educational. Having fun is good for your heart, good for your health, and good for helping your child learn.

    Learn with Play

  • Make the Most of ReadingGet the Most Out of Reading

    How to Get the Most Out of Reading

    Your child benefits when you read to them beginning when they are babies. Learn how they benefit and learn how to get the most out of reading to your child.

    Get Reading Tips

  • Play is More than Fun and Games Play is More Than Fun & Games

    Play is More Than Fun & Games

    Learn the ways playing helps children develop brain connections, learn about the world around them and develop socially.

    Get More out of Play

  • Back and Forth InteractionsBack & Forth Interactions

    Back & Forth Interactions

    Learn ways to create back and forth interactions with your child that help them grow strong brain connections.

    Improve Interactions

  • Protect TeethProtect Tiny Teeth

    Protect Tiny Teeth

    Learn what you can do to give your baby a healthy smile, even before you can see their tiny teeth.

    Protect Tiny Teeth

  • Mini Mouth MilestonesMilestones for Mini Mouths

    Milestones for Mouths

    Learn how to care for your child’s teeth at the different age milestones from birth to one year old.

    Learn Mouth Milestones


15 Daily Early Learning Activities For Children 0-3

  • father reading with child15 DAILY EARLY LEARNING ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN 0-3

    You can easily create early learning moments with your child by working them into your daily schedule. This list has 15 ideas for learning moments. You or anyone who spends time with your child can do these simple activities. You can also get 15 Daily Activities in Arabic and 15 Daily Activities in Spanish. The activities cover four areas of your child’s development:

    • Speech and communication
    • Thinking skills
    • Social skills
    • Emotional knowledge

    Get 15 Daily Activities List


School Readiness Guide

More Resources for Families

Milestone Tracker App


    For an easy way to keep track of when your child should reach certain milestones, download the free CDC Milestones Tracker app in the Apple App Store or on Google Play available in English and Spanish. The App also includes activities and learning tips for each age and an area where you can keep track of all your trips to the doctor. 

    Download The App

Family Info


    Information for Families with Infants

    There is an entire section of this website dedicated to providing your family with helpful tips, resources and programs for infants, ages birth to 12 months, including:

    • Month-by-month Development & milestones
    • Supporting physical health & safety
    • Social & emotional development
    • Early learning ideas for infants
    • Programs for infants

    Get Infant Info


    Information for Families with Toddlers

    There is also a section of this website dedicated to providing your family with helpful tips, resources and programs for toddlers; including:

    • Development & milestones
    • Supporting health & safety
    • Social & emotional development
    • Early learning ideas
    • Preparing for preschool
    • Programs for toddlers

    Get Toddler Info



    Growth Development

    Find resources by different age groups, videos for parents, a baby games calendar, baby’s first year milestone guide and more from Pathways.org

    Visit Pathways.org

  • PBS Kids for Parents

    Find play activities, ways to help your child thrive, ways to learn and grow at each milestone and more.

    Visit PBS Kids


Contact Us

  • Contact Us

    The Michigan Department of Education offers more help to find resources to meet your needs.

    Contact Us