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Did You Know?

  • There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when that child shows up for the first day of kindergarten?
  • With quality early childhood education, children will be school ready; have higher graduation rates and grow into productive citizens and valuable employees?
  • In the first few years of life, 700 new neural connections are formed each second?
  • By the time they enter school, children from advantaged backgrounds may know as many as 15,000 more words than their disadvantaged peers?
  • High quality early childhood programs improve health and nutrition?
  • 85% of a child's brain is developed by age 3?
  • Playing with blocks and other building toys teaches children about geometry?
  • Talking with your child is one of the most important things you can do?
  • You can help your child learn while driving? Help your child to tell you the color of signs, shapes of signs and count how long you sit at a red light!
  • Music helps a child learn to rhyme?

There are things you can look for at every age to make sure your child is developing at the right pace and will be school ready:

Developmental Milestones in the First 4 Years

   6 Months
   1 Year
   2 Years
   3 Years
   4 Years
Looks when name is
Says the names of
favorite toys
Uses 2-3 word
Uses 3-5 word
Says first and last
Smiles and enjoys
being talked to
Says 1-2 words such
as Mama and Dada
Says several words
such as No and Mine
Tells a simple story
Asks when, why and
how questions
Babbles back and forth
Enjoys peek-a-boo and
Follows simple
Says their own name
and age when asked
Knows opposites:
hot/cold, big/little
Makes both happy and
sad noises
Imitates waving bye-bye
or blowing a kiss
Scribbles with crayon,
may imitate lines and
Plays with other
Counts out 10 items
Helps hold bottle during
Points with index finger
Turns pages of a book
one at a time
Can name a friend or
Recognizes own name
in print
Rolls over both ways
Uses thumb and index
finger to pick up small
items, such as cereal
Stacks 6 blocks
Repeats simple rhymes
and songs
Colors within the lines
and can draw a face
Plays with own toes
Has a preferred
Feeds self with a spoon
and drinks from a cup
Walks up steps
Enjoys pretend play
Sits up with little
support needed
Crawls on hands and
Points to hair, eyes,
ears and nose
Rides a tricycle
Names 4 colors
Reaches and picks up a
Reaches up with arms
to be picked up
Plays by pushing,
pulling and dumping
Jumps with both feet
coming off the ground
Copies circle, square
and triangle shapes
Transfers an object
from hand to hand
Walks around furniture
and may take a few
Walks well and starts to
Takes turns
Uses scissors
Our Mission Statement

The goal of the RICH Network is to make high-quality, early care and education available to all eligible children in Richland Parish, so they enter kindergarten healthy and ready for success. Part of that goal is to also help families make the best choices for their early learner's education, and to be involved in supporting their child's early development.