Early Childhood Development

  • What is Developmental Screening? 
    Developmental Screening is a snapshot of a child’s current development used to determine if the child is meeting Developmental Milestones, which are things that most children can do by a certain age. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that children receive Developmental Screening at the ages of 9, 18, 24 or 30, 36, and 48 months. If a child is experiencing delays, it is important to provide intervention as soon as possible. Research demonstrates that the sooner a child receives intervention, the better his or her chances are of developing age-appropriate skills, and not needing remediation or special education services later in life. 

    What are Developmental Milestones?
    Developmental Milestones are defined as things that most children can do by a certain age. More information about specific milestones for each age can be found on the Child Development Watch website. Additional information and videos about developmental milestones can also be found on the CDC's website. 

    Why should I complete the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)?
    As a Delaware initiative, each family who completes the online ASQs will receive:

    1. screening results,
    2. a packet explaining Developmental Milestones, and
    3. a packet describing Developmentally Appropriate Activities for home.

    If a child’s scores indicate potential delays, the family will be notified and provided with information regarding how to request additional testing.

Developmental Concerns