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From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. Track your child’s development and act early if you have a concern.
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.).
Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 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.
From birth to age 5, your child should reach milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy and fun!
- Print the milestone checklists (PDF) pdf icon[2 MB, 20 Pages, 508]
- Download the Milestone Tracker mobile app
- View the Milestones in Action photo and video library
- Is the term used to describe the services and supports that are available to babies and young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families.
- May include speech therapy, physical therapy, and other types of services based on the needs of the child and family.
- Can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills and overcome challenges and can increase success in school and life.
- Programs are available in every state and territory (see each program’s contact information below). These publicly funded programs provide services for free or at reduced cost for any child who is eligible.
How do I find out if my child is eligible for services?
Eligibility for early intervention services is based on an evaluation of your child’s skills and abilities.
If you, your child’s doctor, or other care provider is concerned about your child’s development, ask to be connected with your state or territory’s early intervention program to find out if your child can get services to help. If your doctor is not able to connect you, you can reach out yourself. A doctor’s referral is not necessary.
- If your child is under age 3: Call your state or territory’s early intervention program (see contacts below) and say: “I have concerns about my child’s development and I would like to have my child evaluated to find out if he/she is eligible for early intervention services.”
- If your child is age 3 or older: Click here.
“Learn the Signs. Act Early.” materials are not a substitute for standardized, validated developmental screening tools pdf icon[918 KB, 115 Pages, Print Only].
If your concerned …
Talk to Your Child’s Doctor
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 the way your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves talk to your child’s doctor and share your concerns. Don’t wait. Acting early can make a real difference!
Complete a Milestone Checklist for Your Child’s Age
- Use the Milestone Tracker app or fill out a milestone checklist pdf icon[2 MB, Pages, 508, 20 Pages] to track your child’s development. Share the completed checklist or milestone summary with your child’s healthcare provider. Note: these checklists are not a substitute for standardized, validated developmental screening tools.
- Read the tip sheet How to Get Help for Your Child pdf icon[727 KB, 2 Pages,508] for steps you can take to help you act on developmental concerns.
- Click here for a video in American Sign Language (ASL) on what to do if you have concerns about your child’s development.
Ask About Developmental Screening
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be screened for general development using standardized, validated tools at 9, 18, or 30 months and for autism at 18 and 24 months or whenever a parent or provider has a concern. Ask the doctor about your child’s developmental screening.
Easterseals, provides parents with FREE access to the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition, one of many general developmental screening tools. Click here to learn more and take the screeningexternal icon. Be sure to share the completed questionnaire and results with your child’s doctor.
All Checklists with Tips
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- Spanish pdf icon[4 MB, 20 Pages, Print Only]
- Arabic pdf icon[3 MB, 20 Pages, 508]
- Brazilian Portuguese pdf icon[3 MB, 20 Pages, Print Only]
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- Simplified Chinese pdf icon[2 MB, 20 Pages, Print Only]
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Resources on this Page
- Tools for Tracking Milestones
- Children’s Books
- Tips for When There’s a Developmental Concern
- Promoting Developmental Monitoring
- Engaging Families in Monitoring
- Tools to Support Monitoring and Screening
- Training Resources
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Complete a milestone checklist for your child’s age to track and celebrate the milestones that he or she is reaching.
Milestones in Action is a free library of photos and videos of developmental milestones.