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Developmental Milestones and Screenings
How do you know if your child is developing as expected? You can use developmental milestones to track how they should be speaking, acting, and learning by certain ages.
A developmental screening can be completed by pediatricians, child care providers and trained community professionals if you are concerned your child is not meeting developmental milestones for their age . It is recommended that your child is be screened at 9, 18, 24 and 30 months, and every year after that. Developmental screenings can catch developmental delays and disabilities early so children get the support they need. Learn more about developmental milestones and screenings for children 2 months to 8 years old.
Support for developmental delays and disabilities
Children with developmental delays and disabilities may be eligible for early intervention programs.
Children from birth to 3 years old
Child Development Watch can create a personalized plan to help your child develop like other children. It offers services such as:
An appointment for an evaluation to determine if your child is eligible for services like these can be made by contacting the following locations in your county.
Children 3 to 5 years old
If you think your child has developmental delays or a disability, please contact the Child Find department within your school district. You can find the full list of phone number on the Delaware Department of Education website.
If you are unsure which school district you live in, you can search with your address.
High Quality Care and Education for Children with Disabilities
Your child has the right to receive high quality learning opportunities and participate in programs that meet their developmental needs. Sometimes, it may be difficult to find a program with the right level of expertise to support your child.
Delaware MAPS (Meaningful Access Participation & Supports) is a guide to help parents as they seek support for their children with disabilities. Since this guide was written in 2010, some phone numbers and websites may be outdated.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education ACT (IDEA) is a federal law that ensures eligible children receive early intervention, special education, and related services. You can receive these services either through Delaware Child Development Watch (Part C) or Delaware Public School Districts (Part B).