1 Year

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

Expect your child to become more and more curious! As they grow, your toddler will explore things through banging, shaking, and throwing. They will also respond to simple requests and begin to take independent steps. Scroll down to learn more about EarlyLearn Child Care, which is available for up to 10 hours per day!


Toddler Time

Time: 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Learn how to let your child take the lead in playful learning activities to encourage language development and early literacy.

Music and Movement for Infants and Toddlers

Time: 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Children and caregivers enjoy songs, movement, fingerplays, puppets, and other activities.

Baby Storytime

Time: 10:15 AM
Children 0-15 months old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, interactive stories, lively songs, and rhymes.


Child care for babies & toddlers

EarlyLearn NYC Child Care

NYC Administration for Children's Services

Free or low-cost care for children.


How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about their development.

What most 1 year olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • Are shy or nervous with strangers
    • Cry when mom or dad leaves
    • Have favorite things and people
    • Show fear in some situations
    • Pass a book when they want to hear a story
    • Repeat sounds or actions to get attention
    • Put out arm or leg to help with dressing
    • Play games such as ‘peek-a-boo’ and ‘pat-a-cake’
  • Communication

    • Respond to simple, spoken requests
    • Use simple movements, like shaking head “no” or waving goodbye
    • Make sounds with changes in tone
    • Say “mama” and “dada” and phrases like “uh-oh!”
    • Try to say words others say
  • Learning

    • Explore things in different ways (shaking, banging, throwing)
    • Find hidden things easily
    • Copy movements
    • Start to use things correctly (drink from cup, brush hair)
    • Can bang two things together
    • Can put things in a container, take things out of container
    • Let things go without help
    • Poke with index finger
    • Follow simple directions like “pick up the toy”
  • Physical Development

    • Get to a sitting position without help
    • Can pull up to stand, walk holding onto furniture (“cruising”)
    • May take a few steps without holding on
    • May stand alone
  • Health

    • Eat mashed, ground, or cut up food and other soft foods with breast milk
    • Sleep about 14 hours per day
    • Are on schedule with shots

Act early by talking to a doctor, teacher, or social worker if your child:

    • Doesn’t crawl
    • Can’t stand when supported
    • Doesn’t say words like “mama” or “dada”
    • Doesn’t learn movements like waving or shaking head
    • Doesn’t point to things