Developmental Milestone Checklist Program - Online Implementation Guide for WIC Program Staff

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CDC’s milestones and parent tips have been updated and new checklist ages have been added (15 and 30 months). To see answers to frequently asked questions about these changes click hereexternal icon. For more information about the recent updates to CDC's developmental milestones, please view the Pediatrics journal articleexternal icon describing the updates.

Developmental Milestone Checklist Program –
Online Implementation Guide for WIC Program Staff

WIC providers know that how a child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves for his or her age are important signs of a child’s healthy growth and development. When a child’s development is delayed, WIC providers also know the value of a timely referral to support both the child and family.

The  Developmental Milestone Checklist program, developed in collaboration with Missouri WIC staff and tested in Missouri WIC clinics, helps you engage parents in monitoring their children’s development and support them with timely referrals when needed.

To learn more about the program, click here to watch this short video.

There are 3 core components:

  • Environmental Graphics—Engaging graphics on the walls and floors of the clinic introduce milestone monitoring in a fun and friendly way.
  • Administering Checklists—Staff invite the parent to complete a parent-friendly milestone checklist during certification and mid-certification visits, or whenever there is a question or concern.
  • Making a Referral—Staff review the checklist and make a referral if there are any missing milestones or other concerns are noted.

Simple messages and easy-to-use tools are integrated seamlessly into your clients’ regular visits, typically taking less than 5 minutes per visit.

This website provides all the guidance you need to get your WIC Milestone Checklist program up and running.

The guidance provided on this site is based on the Milestone Checklist Program designed and tested by the University of Missouri in partnership with the Missouri Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, supported with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.