Child Development



Child Development is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Child Development.

Child Development 1
What you can do in this project: find out how you grow and develop; learn about the development of babies and toddlers; learn how to make toys safe for small children.
Grades: 3-4
Resource: 08075, Growing On My Own

Child Development 2
What you can do in this project: learn how to take care of yourself and others; see what makes your family special; discover how to match toys to ages of children; develop family rules; check for safety hazards.
Grades: 5-6
Resource: 08076, Growing With Others

Child Development 3
What you can do in this project: explore how to be an effective parent; gain experience as a teacher or coach; make babysitting and first-aid kits; check out child development careers.
Grades: 7-10
Resource: 08077, Growing in Communities

Child Development Leader
Resources: BU8078, Growing All Together
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about Child Development? Try the links below.

Child Development Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including child development. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.


County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Child Development Project. Just follow these links!

Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates provides information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and the media in the United States and the developing world.

CYFERNet: Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network
Site aimed at professionals that brings together the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

Site for teachers, parents, students and life-long learners of all ages.

Guide to the Business of Babysitting
University of Illinois Extension site with great ideas on caring for kids and how to get started as a babysitter.

Kids Health
Largest and most visited site on the Internet providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.

National 4-H Online Child Development Project
Activities and links to child development sites for youth, volunteers and educators.

National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, founded in February 1996, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan initiative supported almost entirely by private donations. Its mission is to improve the well-being of children, youth, and families by reducing teen pregnancy.

National Youth Anti-Drug Campaign
Campaign to prevent youth drug use.

National Youth Development Information Center
A one-stop web site for youth workers with interest in any and all of the following areas: funding, programming, research, policy, job and training opportunities. NYDIC also provides current news to the youth development field and has one of the largest online libraries.

Safe Kids
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Child Development Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several child development resources.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Dave Riley