Information for Families
As a parent, you already have what it takes to help your young child learn and grow. Watch your child’s amazing progress by tracking his or her developmental milestones —how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves – and sharing that progress with your child’s doctor at every check-up.
Check out these free tools to help you track your child’s milestones!
CDC’s Milestone Tracker App – now available in Spanish!
Track your child’s milestones with CDC’s FREE Milestone Tracker app, now available for iOS and Android in both English and Spanish. Interactive checklists with photos and video examples of developmental milestones help you know what to look for in your child.
Complete a milestone checklist for your child’s age to track and celebrate the milestones that he or she is reaching.
Milestones Matter for Families!
If your child is not meeting milestones or if you have concerns about his or her development, talk to your child’s doctor.
- Click here for information on steps you can take to help your child.
- Click here for information on how acting early can make a real difference!
- Click here for a video in American Sign Language (ASL) on how to help your child if you have concerns.
Baby’s Busy Day – Being One is So Much Fun!
Baby’s Busy Day is the story of a one-year-old puppy who is having a very busy day! Keep an eye out for the paw prints to learn what one-year-old milestones to look for in your baby, and the hearts for tips on how you can help!
Read more about Baby’s Busy Day
Order Baby’s Busy Day
Where is Bear? – A Terrific Tale for 2-Year-Olds
“Where is Bear?” is a terrific tale for 2-year-old children and their parents! This interactive book encourages children to help Tiger and his forest friends in their search to find Bear.
Amazing Me — It’s Busy Being 3!
In Amazing Me — It’s Busy Being 3! Joey, a 3-year-old kangaroo, shows what he can do in one AMAZING day. This children’s book teaches parents developmental milestones as they read to their young child.
All young children need both developmental monitoring AND developmental screening. Check out this tip sheet [657 KB, 2 Pages, Print Only] for more information.
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! encourages healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.
- Visit the Help Me Grow website to access up to date materials from Birth to Five Watch Me Thrive.
Easter Seals provides parents with FREE access to the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition, one of many general developmental screening tools. Click here to learn more and take the questionnaire. Be sure to share the completed questionnaire and results with your child’s doctor.
Ask your child’s doctor about your child’s developmental screening.
Infant and Toddler Nutrition
CDC’s Infant and Toddler Nutrition website brings together existing information and practical strategies on feeding healthy foods and drinks to infants and toddlers, from birth to 24 months of age. Parents and caregivers can explore these pages to find nutrition information to help give their children a healthy start in life.
HealthyChildren.org is a pediatrician backed parenting website that provides information and recommendations related to child health, guidance on parenting issues, and more from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Just in Time Parenting (JITP)
JITP features many resources that provide parents with the information they need to support and guide the growth of their child.
Family to Family
Family-to-Family is an organization dedicated to making one-to-one connections between families with ‘enough to share’ and American families struggling with the challenges of poverty.
Family Voices is a national network of families of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities that promotes partnership with families in order to improve healthcare services and policies for children.
Positive Parenting Tips
As your child grows and develops, there are many things you can do to help your child. These links will help you learn more about positive parenting, safety, and health at each stage of your child’s life. Find tips for positive parenting and child safety according to the age groups below.
Parent to Parent-USA
Parent to Parent programs provide emotional and informational support to families of children who have special needs most notably by matching parents seeking support with an experienced, trained ‘Support Parent’.
State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
Your children may be eligible for free or low-cost health insurance. Every state in the nation has a health insurance program for infants, children and teens. The insurance is available to children in working families.
Physical Developmental Delays: What to Look For
Physical Developmental Delays is a tool for parents concerned about the physical development of their child. The tool reinforces that parents know their child best and should trust their instincts.
Support for Social and Emotional Learning
The relationship between school staff and families can encourage student learning at home and at school. Learn more about how you can work with your child’s school to support social and emotional learning.
Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing
“Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” is a public awareness and action campaign that helps parents recognize their power to boost their children’s early brain and vocabulary development through simple, everyday actions.
Vroom has brain-building tips to support your child’s development. Use these tips with your child during their first 5 years to help give them a strong base for lifelong learning.
- Download the Milestones Matter with CDC and Vroom! poster as a helpful resource for tracking your child’s development and learning about brain building tips. English [1 MB, 1 Page, 508] | Spanish [1 MB, 1 Page, 508]
Zero to Three has science-based information and tools designed to help parents and caregivers nurture their young children’s development.