North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Social Connections

Goal: Children recognize that they are members of different groups (e.g., family, preschool class, cultural groups).

Skill Progression: Recognize they are members of different groups

Age: 1-2 Months

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Stares at faces, particularly eyes and contours

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the parent and child in face-to-face interaction.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child stares at the parent’s eyes and the edges of the face.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to spend time holding the infant close (within 8-10 inches) and talk to him softly. Spending time in this manner ensures that the parent’s face and voice becomes familiar.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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