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!


Family Playtime

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Children ages 1 to 4 years old are invited to an hour of unstructured play.

Mother Goose

Time: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Children ages 6-18 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join us for simple picture…

Toddler Time

Time: 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Children and their parents/caregivers enjoy stories, fingerplays, nursery rhymes, songs, flannel board stories, and circle activities.


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