In order to know if your child is hitting their developmental milestones on time it is important to monitor them. The following resources are great tools for helping you to monitor their milestones.
CDC Milestone Tracker App
Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones at key developmental stages from 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.
- Add a Child – Enter personalized information about your child or multiple children
- Milestone Tracker – Track your child’s developmental progress by looking for important milestones using an interactive, illustrated checklist
- Milestone Photos and Videos – Know what each milestone looks like so that you can better identify them in your own child
- Tips and Activities – Support your child’s development at every age
- When to Act Early – Know when it’s time to “act early” and talk with your child’s doctor about developmental concerns
- Appointments – Keep track of your child’s doctors’ appointments and get reminders about recommended developmental screenings
- Milestone Summary – Get a summary of your child’s milestones to view, and share with or email to your child’s doctor and other important care providers
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
Birth to Five Watch Me Thrive is a federal resource to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children and support for their families and caregivers.
- Celebrate Milestones – Every family looks forward to seeing a child’s first smile, first step, and first words. Regular screenings with early childhood professionals help raise awareness of a child’s development, making it easier to celebrate developmental milestones.
- Promote Universal Screening – All children need support in the early years to stay healthy and happy. Just like regular hearing and vision screenings can assure that children are able to hear and see clearly, developmental and behavioral screenings can assure that children are making progress in areas such as language, social, or motor development.
- Identify Possible Delays and Challenges Early – With regular screenings, families, teachers, and other professionals can assure that young children get the services and supports they need as early as possible to help them thrive.
- Enhance Developmental Supports – Families are children’s first and most important teachers. Tools, guidance, and tips recommended by experts, can help families support their children’s development.
Ages & Stages Questionnaire
The Ages and Stages Questionnaire is a screening tool used for children between the ages of one month and 5 ½ years and screens your child in 5 areas:
- communication skills
- gross motor skills
- fine motor skills
- problem-solving skills
- personal-social skills
- Multiple Languages – Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, and Vietnamese
- Quick Results – Takes just 10–15 minutes for parents to complete and 2–3 minutes for professionals to score.
- Parent Input – Capture parents’ in-depth knowledge
- Comprehensive – Highlight a child’s strengths as well as concerns
- Educational – Teaches parents about child development and their own child’s skills
- Monitoring Tool – Highlights results that fall in a “monitoring zone,” to make it easier to keep track of children at risk
- Flexible – Can be completed at home, in a waiting room, during a home visit, or as part of an in-person or phone interview.