Each year, more than one million children enter kindergarten without the necessary skills to become successful. Young learners with undiagnosed disabilities, developmental delays, and special needs are especially vulnerable to falling behind because they require additional supports to address their challenges.
Beginning in infancy, early intervention services strengthen children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual capacities by offering individualized supports that reflect their specific needs. Early identification and early intervention services provide the most valuable approach for promoting children’s development during the first years of life.
Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye-bye” are examples of developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave and move. Every child is unique and may reach developmental milestones earlier or later than his or her peers.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information to parents and caregivers on how to look for developmental milestones and what to do if you are worried about your child’s development or think there’s a problem.
If you are concerned about your child’s development or to ask about a developmental screening contact the Child & Family Connections office in your region or make a referral.