Welcome to Child Development!

Human development (or child development) is simply a fancy way of talking about growth. Children grow and develop based on the inputs in their lives, a combination of genetics, circumstance, nurture, relationships, and more. As people who serve vulnerable children and families, it is important to have a general knowledge about child development. In this eCourse, you will learn about the stages of development, key principles for creating a developmentally-friendly environment, how early adversity impacts child development, and how to create and implement a plan that gives the children you serve the best possible environment for development.

What You Can Expect

CAFO Certificate of


Earn a CAFO Certificate of Completion by which CAFO stands behind your commitment to learn, grow in, and apply best practices and wisdom-guided.

Editable, Logo-Free

Tools and Templates

Use our editable, logo-free templates to help you make a plan of action for how you can improve the quality of service you provide. These free introductory tools are accessible to any organization or advocate.  

Team Discussion and

Summary Guides

Access a team discussion and summary guide that includes prompts to help your team reflect on and discuss next steps and highlights relevant resources for further investigation.

Choose a Pricing Option

The Core Elements of Success in OVC Care

This eCourse is part of the Core Elements of Success in OVC Care program. It is targeted toward supporting NGOs serving vulnerable children and families as they develop and engage in partnerships with government agencies, other NGOs, churches, and other stakeholders, but principles may apply more broadly.

Ideally, it will be used in conjunction with the Core Elements Self-Assessment and other Core Elements eCourses.

This eCourse can be completed on your own, with a partner or as a team. We believe that teams learning together is where growth begins, and we are here to support you in your process of equipping your team to care well for vulnerable children and families.