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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

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Developmental Milestones

By: Ellie Springer

I often come across websites and apps that detail what to expect as your child develops and give tips on how to promote healthy development. These websites can also give you ideas of when you might need to get additional screening for your child. I am collecting a list of these sites and apps here to make them easier to find.

CDC has a milestone tracker app and pamphlets:

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones-app.html

Mass.gov has videos about development available in multiple languages:

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/1-2-3-grow

We offer the Ages and Stages Questionnaire to all families as a way to assess whether their child is on track developmentally. If you would like to fill one out, please send me an email. This is their collection of articles with some milestones to look for in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers:

https://agesandstages.com/developmental-milestones-articles/

The Vroom app has you enter your child or children's ages, and you get tips every day (or less often if you would like) about simple activities you can do with your child to promote their development. There is also a simple explanation of what your child is learning with each activity.

https://www.vroom.org/

Zero to Three is my go-to site for articles on infants and toddlers. They have lots of great articles and videos for parents and early childhood professionals.

https://www.zerotothree.org/

The PBS Parents page is great place to look for developmental milestones of kids ages 2-8, and they have lots of activity ideas and articles about specific topics.

https://www.pbs.org/parents

My favorite site for information about literacy and book lists is Reading Rockets. They have a lot of information for kids who are already reading independently, but they also have some great tips for reading with babies and toddlers. And their themed book lists are great!

http://www.readingrockets.org/

 

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