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About Developmental Milestones

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye bye" are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move (crawling, walking, etc.). Children develop at their own pace, so it's impossible to tell exactly when a child will learn a given skill. However, the developmental milestones give a general idea of the changes to expect as a child gets older. As a parent, you know your child best. If your child is not meeting the milestones for his or her age, or if you think there could be a problem with your child’s development, talk with your child’s doctor and share your concerns. Don’t wait.
Know the signs. Act early. Give your child the healthiest possible start in life.
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What is Developmental Screening?

Developmental screening is a way of identifying whether or not your child’s development is on track. Is he or she growing in ways similar to other children his/her age? For example, a screening question for a 9 month old baby might ask whether or not the baby is sitting without support as that skill is appropriate for a 9 month old. For many families, screening results provide the peace of mind that their child is developing the skills and behaviors that are appropriate for his/her age. Screening is easy, doesn’t take much time, and just like getting annual checkups and vaccinations, is important to your child’s health.
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How to Access Screening

For children between birth and 3 years old

For children younger than 3 years old, pediatricians conduct regular developmental screenings at 9, 18 & 30 months.

It is important to talk to your child’s doctor about how he/she is growing and developing.

Ask your child’s doctor about developmental screening at the next well visit.

For children between 3 and 5 years old

For children who are between 3-5 years old, Child Outreach conducts free annual developmental screenings.

Child Outreach provides screenings in many early care and education centers. If your child is in school, check with your child’s teacher for upcoming screening dates.

You can always contact your local Child Outreach provider directly to schedule an individual screening for child.

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Resources for Parents & Providers

Materials have been created specifically for parents, families and providers like you. You can access these materials to learn more about developmental screening and milestones. Most of these items are available for download, print and sharing to spread the word about developmental screenings!


Milestone Moments Fun Facts
English

Milestone Moments Booklet

5" x 7" Booklet explaining the key milestones in childhood development at certain ages. Available in English and Spanish.

English
Spanish

Milestones Roadmap

30" x 24" Poster outlining examples of developmental milestones to track your child’s progress. Available in English and Spanish.

English
Spanish

Developmental Screening Brochure:

4” x 9” brochure offering an overview of developmental screening and milestones, and why these are important factors in your child’s growth. Available in English and Spanish.

English
Spanish

Child Outreach Brochure
Child Outreach Brochure-English
Child Outreach Brochure-Spanish

Child Outreach Posters
Child Outreach Poster-English
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Amazing Me! It’s Busy Being 3! Book:

This is a story you can read with your child to show you what to look for as your child grows and develops.

Access the E-Book here! - English
¡Acceda al E-Book aquí! - Spanish

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

What most babies do:

Talk to your child’s physician if you notice that your child: