Domains of Early Childhood Development

Cognitive domain of early childhood development

Every parent knows childhood growth and development proceeds at an astounding pace in the early years of life. But, what, exactly are children learning? What is normal childhood development, and how can parents help? For young children, learning occurs simultaneously along four interrelated domains — the cognitive, the physical, the social/emotional, and the language domains.

How Children Learn through Play

What is the best way for parents to help prepare young children for school? Play with them! Young children learn best when parents and caregivers play with them. Play prepares children for later academic success in reading, math, and science. Play is the education of young children.