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Free Tools to Track Your Child’s Development

Use CDC’s Milestone Checklists to track your child’s development and share your child’s progress with the doctor at every check-up.Use CDC’s Milestone Checklists to track your child’s development and share your child’s progress with the doctor at every check-up.

Do you know all the ways to measure your child's growth?

We often think of height and weight, but from birth to age 5, your child should reach specific milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Not reaching a milestone in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem, even autism. The good news is, the earlier it's recognized the more you can do to help your child reach his or her full potential.

Start tracking milestones today!

Knowing what to look for is a key to knowing if your child is developing well.

Click the links below to see the milestones for your child's age:

 

Print the Milestone Checklist for your child's age and start tracking milestones today! Check off the milestones your child has reached and share your child's progress with the doctor at every check-up.

What Can I Do if I Suspect a Problem with My Child's Development?

Remember, you know your child best.

  • If you think your child is not meeting the milestones for his or her age, talk with your child's doctor and share your concerns.
  • If you, your child's teacher, or another care provider is concerned about how your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, or moves, talk with your child's doctor and share your concerns.
  • Don't wait. Acting early can make a real difference!

More information is available about what to do if you are concerned about your child's development, including tips for talking with your child's doctor and how to get connected with early intervention services and support.

Free Materials for Parents, Educators, and Health Professionals

Children's Book: Amazing Me-It's Busy Being 3!

Parents, this book for children ages 2-4, will show you what to look for as your child grows and develops.

  • As you read this book to your child ask your child to find the koalas.
  • Each page with a koala also has a star and milestone at the bottom just for you.
  • See if your 3-year-old is able to do some of the same things as Joey!

Read and request a copy of Amazing Me! here.

Checklists, Booklets, Fact Sheets and More—All customizable!

CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program offers developmental milestone checklists, brochures, booklets, fact sheets, and other tools to help parents, health professionals, and early care and education providers monitor early development and take action on developmental concerns.

Visit our website to view all of the free, customizable materials.

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