• The first 5 years: Understand what’s happening at different stages of your child’s life and how you can help nurture their growth and development.
  • Brain development: From birth to age 5, a child’s brain develops more than at any other time in life.
  • Ages and stages: While all children develop differently, it helps to know if they are meeting typical milestones and how you can support their healthy development and learning.
  • Research: Advances in science and technology have helped show how the experiences children have in their early years actually shape the development of their brain.
  • Data tools: Explore early childhood data tools and statistics on national, state and local levels.
  • Investing in kids: Investing in early childhood means funding proven programs and innovative strategies for children from birth to age 5.
  • Arizona Head Start programs provide high quality early childhood education, nutrition, health, mental health, disabilities, and social services with a strong parent involvement focus. Head Start in Arizona serves almost 22,000 children and 21,000 families through 22 Head Start Grantees. Of the 22 grantees, nine are Regional Head Start Programs; thirteen are Tribal Head Start Programs and one is both a Regional and Migrant Head Start Program. Grantees are further extended by 11 Delegate Programs. Together, Arizona Grantees and Delegates administer comprehensive Head Start services at almost 500 locations throughout the state.
  • Expect More Arizona is a high expectations movement of Arizonans committed to ensuring every AZ student, from birth – career, attains a world-class education

Additional resources about child development

  • ZEROTOTHREE.org: The skills and behaviors you can expect from your baby at every stage from birth to 3.
  • HealthyChildren.org: More on developmental stages from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • CDC.gov: Developmental milestones checklists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • PBS.org: A child development tracker for insights on the stages of growth, from PBS Parents.