Family and Child Care COVID-19 Resource Updates

Ages & Stages

Considering that 90% of a child’s brain develops during the first three years of life, the care that a child receives early in life can affect the kind of learner a child becomes. Quality care is an investment in your child for the future and, in a much larger sense, an investment in the future of your neighborhood, your community and in society at large. 

The people who spend the most time with children during these early years—their parents and child care providers—greatly affect a child’s development.  

Most of the behavior that children exhibit at each age and stage in their development is quite normal. Every child is unique, and every child develops at his/her own pace. It is important to make sure your child’s activities are developmentally appropriate, meaning they match your child’s age and abilities.


Early Learning Standards

Infant & Toddler Guidelines: These guidelines are to ensure that all children in South Carolina from birth to three have responsive, reciprocal and respectful care. There are six basic developmental areas identified in the Infant & Toddler Guidelines:

  • Physical Health
  • Emotional Development
  • Social Development
  • Motor Development
  • Language & Communication Development 
  • Cognitive Development 


For more information on the Infant & Toddler Guidelines visit the South Carolina Program for Infant & Toddler Care online.