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Developmental Milestones and Screenings
How do you know if the children in your care are on the right track? Developmental milestones tell us ways that children should speak, act and learn by certain ages. When children are on track it is time to celebrate. When you are concerned a child is not reaching developmental milestones, it’s time to talk to the family and get more information. Developmental screenings are one way to get more information. Child care providers can get trained to give and score developmental screenings or refer families to doctors or community agencies that provide screenings. All children should be screened at 9, 18, 24, 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 from Delaware Thrives for children 2 months to 8 years old.
In Delaware, the Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ-3® & ASQ:SE:2®) are used by Delaware Stars Child Care Centers who have a rating of Star 4 or 5 each year to screen their students.
There are several websites that provided information and resources for providers to conduct these easy to use, family friendly screeners to catch delays and celebrate milestones.
The Delaware Department of Education has a page in the Office of Early Learning website with information and additional links.
The Developmental Screening page on the Delaware Readiness Team’s website also provides resources.
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 children develop. It offers services such as:
An appointment for an evaluation to determine if a child is eligible for services like these can be made by contacting the following locations in your county.
Children from 3 to 5 years old
If you think a child in your care has developmental delays or a disability, please contact the Child Find department within your school district. 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
All children have the right to receive high quality learning opportunities and participate in programs that meet their developmental needs. Sometimes, it may be difficult to have the right level of expertise to support the children you care for.
The purpose of the Delaware Early Education Inclusion Guide is to help early childhood professional in Delaware meet the needs of young children with disabilities. The guide is for family child care providers as well as preschool and child café center program administrators, directors, and curriculum coordinators and the early childhood professionals in the classrooms – the teachers, the assistant teacher, and the aides who service infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that ensures children receive early intervention special education and related services. These services are accessed through Child Development Watch (Part C) or Delaware Public School Districts (Part B).