Manchester Public Schools
Office of Equity and Partnerships
24-36 Months - How you can support your child
Physical Growth
Social/Emotional Development
Brain Development
By doing these 8 things, you can help your child grow physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively…
  1. Talk about the Day
    Talk about the Day
    Talk with your child about his day. Your toddler builds his memory, language skills, and social skills when he talks to you about his day. You can make this part of the daily routine at dinnertime or bedtime.
  2. Visit the Playground
    Visit the Playground
    Take your child to the playground. Your child is building her physical strength and stamina. The neighborhood playground will give her plenty of opportunities to practice climbing and other physical skills.
  3. Introduce New Words
    Introduce New Words
    Teach your child new words. Learning new words helps your child expand her vocabulary and gives her new tools to express herself.
  4. Encourage Logical Thinking
    Encourage Logical Thinking
    Encourage your child to think logically. Asking your child simple questions, like: “What should you put on your feet when it’s snowy outside?” can help build her logical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  5. Meet Other Families
    Meet Other Families
    Meet up with other families. Being around other children will help your child learn social skills, like, taking turns and sharing toys.
  6. Model Acceptance
    Model Acceptance
    Model acceptance of others. By speaking kindly of those who are different from you, you encourage your child to be accepting of others.
  7. Play Rhyming Games
    Play Rhyming Games
    Play rhyming games. Nonsense poems and other rhyming games help your child build important pre-literacy skills.
  8. Be Patient
    Be Patient
    Be patient with your child’s questions. Be patient with all the “Why?” questions she’ll begin to ask. You can also ask your child what she thinks before you answer; this will help her build her logic skills and may give you a better idea how much information she really needs.
By thirty-six months most children can... Use stairs. Run. Climb. Ride tricycle. Dress self. Turn pages. Show empathy. Separate from caregiver. Take turns. Understand mine/yours. Converse. Understand words like under/over. Understand what two means. Say age, gender, and name. Speak clearly. Tell stories.

Remember: All babies are different, and every child develops at his or her own pace. However, you can talk to your child’s doctor if you are worried about your child’s development. Or call Connecticut Birth to Three ’s toll-free hotline to talk to someone about your concerns: 1-800-505-7000.
Additional Resources:
These free guides from the Center for Disease Control can help you talk to your child’s doctor about healthy growth and development.
Concerned About Development? How to Help Your Child
¿Le preocupa el desarrollo de su hijo? Cómo Ayudarlo
Concerned About Development? How to Talk with the Doctor
¿Está preocupado por el desarrollo? Cómo Hablar con el Médico
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Resources: Parent, Family, and Community Involvement in Education. NEA Education Policy and Practice Department. Center for Great Public Schools. 2008. Milestones compiled and adapted from: Developmental Milestones: Learn the Signs. Act Early. CDC 24/7: Saving Lives Protecting People. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 21 April 2015. Web. 3 Jan 2016. Ages and Stages: Your Child’s Development. ZERO TO THREE. National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. 2008. Web. 3 Jan 2016. Ages and Stages. Healthy Children: Powered by Pediatricians. Trusted by Parents. 2016. American Academy of Pediatrics. 2016. Web. 3 Jan 2016.
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