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: 2-4 Months

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Responds differently to family members and strangers

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant interacting with the parent, other family members and strangers.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The infant shows increased physical movements and facial expression (smiling) for the parents and family members. The infant stares at and may smile at others.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Seeing other people besides family expands the infant’s world and introduces the idea of familiar and unfamiliar.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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