Developmental Trends 101

On-Site Training Module

This module was developed as part of the California Department of Education/Child Development Division School-Age Training Project and revised in 2016 to incorporate social-emotional learning, character building and Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California.

During this training, participants will learn about the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional developmental trends that are associated with different age-groups (K-8) and how these trends relate to day-to-day programming.  

In this training participants will:

  • Understand developmental trends that are associated with different age-groups (K-8);
  • Identify how developmental trends relate to the everyday behaviors of each age-group.

Content Overview:  

Hitting the Highlights

Participants will discuss the three domains of development (physical, cognitive, and social-emotional) and identified age-groups, as well as discuss common questions that they have about each of these areas.

Research and Share

Each participant will have a chance to become a “researcher” on a certain area of development. Participants will then return to their group, share the information they learned, and complete an activity to enhance their learning.

Building Developmental Profiles

Participants get to know a partner and introduce them to the larger group, in order to let staff become acquainted with each other and feel comfortable in the training.

Training Length: 2 hours


eLearning Module

Children and youth are at different levels of physical, cognitive and social-emotional development depending on their age. The patterns that emerge at different ages are developmental trends. It’s important to remember that developmental trends simply provide a reference point, and may not necessarily apply to all children and youth, especially children and youth with mental and/or physical disabilities.

By the end of this module, participants will:

  • Understand developmental trends that are associated with different age groups (K-8).
  • Identify how developmental trends relate to the everyday behaviors of each age group.