Ashland Child Development Center


1538 Central Avenue  Ashland, Kentucky (606) 329-1744



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We focus on your child's entire developement.


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Developmental Milestones

Taken from National Association for the Education of Young Children

All parents worry their child is not growing and maturing as they should. While each child progresses at a different pace, here are some milestones to watch for.

The First Six Months

  • I begin to smile and follow people and objects with my eyes.
  • I love bright colors.
  • I discover my hands and my feet.
  • I can lift my head and turn toward sound.
  • I cry, but feel better when you hold and comfort me.

At Four Months

  • I smile often, laugh and imitate many sounds.
  • I can sit up when you prop me.
  • I like to roll over, scoot and bounce.

I love to put things in my mouth.

How We Help

  • We feed baby on a schedule. 
  • We check and change diapers every ½ hour or as needed.
  • We play with baby – keeping the above developments in mind.  We keep choking hazards away from baby.


At Seven to Twelve Months

  • I see myself in the mirror. 
  • I can sit up by myself.
  • I remember simple events.
  • I remember voices. 
  • I understand my name and other words that I hear often. 
  • I say my first words.
  • I like to explore and bang and shake objects.
  • I can find hidden toys and put them in containers.
  • I creep and can pull myself up to stand and walk.
  • I notice strangers who can be scary.

How We Help

  • We feed baby on a schedule. 
  • We check and change diapers every ½ hour as needed. 
  • We play, read and sing to baby. 
  • We use words for everything. 
  • We encourage baby to walk and talk.
  • We need to remember that each child develops in his or her own way.


One to Two Years

  • I like to imitate what adults are doing – and help.
  • I can talk now and understand words and ideas. I like stories.
  • I can walk, climb stairs and run.
  • I recognize that toys and stuff are mine.
  • I’m proud of the things I can do and can solve simple problems.
  • I show you my independence – but am more comfortable with people that I know.
  • I have some friends and am starting to play make believe.

How We Help

  • We feed a great variety of table food.  Toddlers are encouraged to try new foods. 
  • We check diapers every ½ hour as needed. 
  • We read stories, sing and introduce new toys. 
  • We encourage both large-muscle (running, climbing) and small-muscle activities (puzzles and legos). 
  • We help each child to make friends.


Two to Three Years

  • I love to learn new things.
  • I can learn new words really fast now – up to 50 a day.
  • I always like to be on the go.
  • I have better control of my hands and fingers.
  • I get FRUSTRATED easily.
  • I act more independent, but I still depend on you.

How We Help

  • We continue to introduce new foods.
  • We check and change diapers every ½ hour as needed. 
  • We work with parents when they feel their child is ready for toilet training. 
  • We have a structured group time (circle) to introduce new stories, songs and activities.
  • Teachers and parents need to be kind, firm and patient.


Three to Five Years

  • I have a longer attention span. 
  • I act silly, boisterous and use language that isn’t nice.
  • I talk a lot now and ask a lot of questions.
  • I want real adult things and keep art projects that I make.
  • I test my physical skills. Sometimes I am cautious, sometimes not.
  • I reveal my feelings to you in dramatic play.
  • I like to play with friends.
  • I sometimes share my stuff and take turns.

How We Help

  • We teach using a language development lesson each day. 
  • Words are used to describe ordinary objects and concepts. 
  • Questions are asked and answered. 
  • We don’t worry about the “correct” answers, but encourage the willingness to try. 
  • We provide many “make and take” activities. 
  • We help our children learn to make friends.


Five to Eight Years and Beyond

  • I am curious about people and how the world works.
  • I’m interested in numbers, letters, reading and writing.
  • I have more confidence now in my physical skills.
  • I use words to express my feelings and to cope.
  • I like grown-up activities.
  • I like to meet and play with more kids and I play more cooperatively now.

How We Help

  • During the school year, we help with homework. 
  • We get the children outside as often as possible. 
  • During the summer we take a field trip each day to help them learn about and enjoy their community.  
  • We help them learn to make and keep friends. 
  • We encourage all their growing-up efforts.