What is developmental health and screening

Children don’t come with an instruction manual. It is hard to know what to expect and how to interact with your child at each stage in their development. Get started below.

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Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move.

Screening is a quick check of your child’s physical, social, and emotional development. It happens in a wide variety of early childhood settings—from doctors’ offices to preschools to child care programs.

You have the greatest impact on your child’s success. Keeping track of your child’s development helps you to stay informed, ask your providers questions, and voice any concerns.

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