Developmental Screening - Child Development
Learn the Signs. Act Early.

Screening for potential developmental delays in children allows for early treatment and supportive services. On the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, Head Start educators and families will find a number of resources on developmental screening tools.

The following information is provided courtesy of the Center for Disease Control's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." campaign.

Milestones Quiz
Test your knowledge of developmental milestones. A text version of the Milestones Quiz is also available.

CDC Act Early Quiz. Flash Player 9 is required.
CDC Act Early Quiz
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Tools and Resources

Free Materials
You can view, download, print, and order the various tools and resources for the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." campaign designed for child care providers.

The Early Educator/Child Care Provider Resource Kit includes a CD-ROM with fact sheets on child development that you can print out, along with three growth charts, three small posters, and 50 flyers for parents.

“Go Out and Play!” Kit for early childhood educators [PDF, 259 KB]
The campaign is happy to offer a new tool to help you monitor childhood development during an activity you do every day with your students: play! The kit also contains information about monitoring developmental milestones, suggestions for a safe and successful activity day, tips about talking to parents if you suspect a child has a developmental delay, and a special pullout section with activities to share with parents for at-home play.


Parents and staff can use interactive tools and checklists to become familiar with and keep track of the milestones that children should reach from three months to five years of age.
Did you know that physical activity in infants and children affects social, emotional, and cognitive development?

  • The Child Care Aware website offers advice on how much physical activity infants and toddlers need and how parents and children can be active together. 

Milestones Checklists [PDF, 518 KB]
Print out milestones checklists for parents or staff to complete. This information is useful to parents and staff as they track the developmental progress of children ages three months to five years. 
Interactive Milestones Charts
These interactive charts are a great way to show parents how and at what stages children develop in these areas: social and emotional; movement; finger and hand skills; cognitive; hearing and speech; vision; and language. Consider mentioning these useful charts in your parent newsletter or bookmarking them on the parent resource computer at your center.

 See also:
     Developmental Screening

Developmental Screening - Child Development. Learn the Signs. Act Early. HHS/CDC/NCBDDD. n.d. English.

Last Reviewed: January 2011

Last Updated: September 24, 2014