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Steps Family Tool Kit

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Steps Family Tool Kit

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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. 

Steps 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 birth to age three is 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.

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All Kinds of Teachers

Steps Family Tool Kit

This tool kit 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. Here is what you will find in this kit: 

  • Steps brochure for families 
  • Steps developmental 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

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 Steps Brochure in Arabic and Steps Brochure in Spanish are also available.

Get Steps Brochure
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Milestone Checklists

These milestones checklists are available to view at each stage of your child’s development, from age 2-months through 3-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

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 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 Development

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 Development

Social and Emotional Health

Learn ways to support social and emotional health.


Support Emotional Health
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 Language

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 Games

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, for your health, for helping your child learn.

Learn with Play
Make the Most 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 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

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 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 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 Milestones

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

You can easily create early learning moments with your child by working them into your daily schedule. These 15 simple activities cover four areas of your child’s development: speech and communication, thinking skills, social skills, and emotional knowledge. You can also get 15 Daily Activities in Arabic and 15 Daily Activities in Spanish

Get 15 Daily Activities List

School Readiness Guide

Even when your child is a baby or toddler, there are things you can do now that will have a big impact on how ready they are for preschool, kindergarten and beyond. The skills they learn now will be the foundation for their future learning. Find out what you can do in these early years to get them ready for school success. You can also get the School Readiness Guide in Arabic and the School Readiness Guide in Spanish.

Get Ready for School

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.

Get Milestone Tracker App
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More Information for Families

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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 Information
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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
  • Programs for toddlers
Get Toddler Information

Visit Pathways Development

Find resources by age group, videos for parents, a baby games calendar, a guide for baby's milestones, and more from

Visit PBS Parents

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