Developmental Milestone Resources
for Child Care Development Fund Programs

CDC’s milestones and parent tips have been updated and new checklist ages have been added (15 and 30 months). For more information about the updates to CDC’s developmental milestones, please review the Pediatrics journal article and these important key points.

CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” has FREE research-based, parent-friendly resources on child development to boost family engagement and your own professional development.

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Professional Development

CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials…

  • Help your providers meet CCDF professional development requirements by earning CEUs with FREE Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns
  • Help your providers meet CCDF health and safety training requirements
  • Aid in early identification of the 1 in 6 children with a developmental delay or disability

Family Engagement

CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials…

  • Supply information and resources on developmental monitoring to help your providers meet CCDF consumer and provider education provisions on family engagement
  • Help providers communicate with parents about development
  • Supply guidance for providers on discussing developmental concerns
  • Help parents celebrate their child’s development and act on developmental concerns
CDC's Free Milestone Tracker App

You can ensure children with developmental delays and disabilities receive the help they need by…

  1. Encouraging all providers to take CDC’s FREE 1-hour online CEU course, Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns (featured in Early Educator Central).
  2. Encouraging programs to use CDC’s milestone checklists [4 MB, 24 Pages, 508] or Milestone Moments booklet [3 MB, 60 Pages, 508] to
    • Increase providers’ practice of ongoing developmental monitoring;
    • Complement developmental screening by engaging families in monitoring milestones; and
    • Increase providers’ knowledge of signs of potential developmental delay and what to do when there is a concern.
  3. Supporting programs and child care providers by sharing CDC’s How to Get Help for Your Child [727 KB, 2 Pages, 508] tip sheet for families.

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Milestones Matter
with CDC and Vroom!

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This new poster from CDC and Vroom shares the importance of tracking your child’s development and using brain building tips to add learning to everyday moments. Click here to download and print! English [1 MB, 1 Page, 508] Spanish [1 MB, 1 Page, 508]

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