Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns

Children playing while their caregiver watches

Introduction to this Course

As an early care and education provider, you play a critical role in the health and wellbeing of children. You are also very well positioned to help identify children who might need extra help in their development. This FREE, online training course, Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns, helps you fulfill this role by providing tools and best practices for monitoring the development of children in your care and talking about it with their parents.

This 1-hour, 4-module course focuses on:

  • Why monitoring children’s development is important
  • Why you have a unique and important role in developmental monitoring
  • How to easily monitor each child’s developmental milestones
  • How to talk with parents about their child’s development

Learning objectives for the training include:

  • List three developmental concerns that early care and education providers should monitor.
  • Identify at least three developmental milestones for class’s age group.
  • Describe how to use “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” resources in early care and education work with children and parents.
  • Describe two communication strategies to use when talking with families about their child’s development.

Click to view an accessible PDF of this training. [6 MB, 61 Pages, 508]

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)

To receive continuing education (CE) for WB4552R- Watch Me! Celebrating milestones and sharing concerns, please visit CDC TRAIN and search for the course in the Course Catalog using WB4552R. Follow the steps below by August 1, 2026.

  1. Register for and complete the course.
  2. Pass the post-assessment at 80%.
  3. Complete the evaluation.
  4. Visit Your Learning to access your certificates and transcript.

FEES: No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.

About This Course

Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Program in partnership with the Administration on Children and Families, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Child Care America program, Head Start National Center on Health, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Child Care Aware, and the Yale Child Study Center.


  • Katie K. Green, BS MPH, CHES
    Health Communications Specialist, Program
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Karnesha Slaughter, BS MPH, Health Communications Specialist,
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU’s for this program.

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, all planners and presenters must disclose all financial relationships, in any amount, with ineligible companies during the previous 24 months as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or products under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, and content experts wish to disclose they have no financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept financial or in-kind support from any ineligible company for this continuing education activity.

If CEU only, Joint Provider: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Porter Novelli are jointly providing the CEUs for this activity.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU’s for this program.

A milestone checklist

Developmental monitoring is easy with CDC’s free milestones checklists and other resources

Resources for Watch Me Training

Learn more about child development, developmental monitoring, and developmental screening