Child Development

Read what to expect as your child grows.

Every child develops differently. How do you know if your child is on track? There are ways that children should speak, act and learn by certain ages. These are called developmental milestones. For example, most babies make a lot of sounds and say "mama" by age nine months. When your child is on track, it's time to celebrate.
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When you are not sure if your child is on track, it’s time to talk to the doctor. The doctor can assess if this is a natural delay in your child that they will grow out of on their own or if it is a developmental delay and they need more assistance to get back on track.

Professionals use developmental screening to see if a child’s development is on track. Your child should be screened at 9, 18, 24 and 30 months, and every year after that. Screenings can be done in a child care or in your pediatrician’s office.

To learn more about developmental milestones and screenings visit https://developmentalscreeningde.com/

If you have concerns about your child’s development, you can have your child evaluated further to determine if he/she is eligible for services

If your child is age birth to 3 years old, Child Development Watch is here to answer the question, “Is my child developing and learning like other children?” He or she may be growing and changing, yet may have difficulty hearing, seeing, talking, moving, or learning the way other children do.

If a child needs additional supports or services, a plan will be developed that fits the needs of the child and their family.
New Castle County:
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Newark, DE 19702
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Kent/Sussex County:
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Milford, DE 19963
(302) 424-7300 or (800) 752-9393

If your child is 3 to 5 years old …please contact the Child Find department of the school district where you live. If you know your school district, get the phone number here.

Are you are unsure of your school district?  Search here by entering your address here.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that makes available a free appropriate public education to all eligible children with disabilities and ensures special education and related services to those children.

The IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

Infants and toddlers, birth through age 2, with disabilities and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C (Delaware Child Development Watch). While children and youth ages 3 through 21 receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B (Delaware Public School Districts).

Delaware MAPS: Meaningful Access Participation & Supports-A Guide to High Quality Inclusion of Children with Disabilities for Families and their Communities is a guide to help parents as they seek support for their children with disabilities.  This guide was developed in 2010 and may include some out of date phone numbers and websites.

Consumer Education is designed to help parents access information in order to make informed consumer choices
and to strengthen requirements to protect the health and safety of children in care.