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 iOSExternal and AndroidExternal 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.
Milestones Matter for Families!
Complete a milestone checklist for your child’s age to track and celebrate the milestones that he or she is reaching.
Milestones in Action
See photo and video examples of important developmental milestones that children should reach from 2 months to 5 years of age.
All young children need both developmental monitoring AND developmental screening. Check out this tip sheet Cdc-pdf[411 KB, 2 Pages, Print Only] for more information.
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!External
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 websiteExternal 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 questionnaireExternal. 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.
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)External
JITP features many resources that provide parents with the information they need to support and guide the growth of their child.
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.
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-USAExternal
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)External
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 ForExternal
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.
“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.
Zero to ThreeExternal
Zero to Three has science-based information and tools designed to help parents and caregivers nurture their young children’s development.