Your Child’s Development (Zero to Three)
Families are the most important part of young children’s development. During the first years of life, a child experiences countless developmental milestones, from beginning to smile and hold their head up, to learning to walk, talk, and interact with others. Because so much happens during these early years, it is important to closely monitor your child’s development.
Periodic developmental screening is an important part of monitoring a child’s development. Screening is usually conducted by a health care provider. Parents play an important role in the screening process, and developmental screening often consists of questionnaires that are filled out by parents and interpreted by doctors.
There are also important things that you can do as a parent to promote the healthy development of your child. For example, parents should familiarize themselves with the healthy milestones that are associated with child development. The following resources can help you monitor your child’s development, learn about developmental screening, and access services if you find that your child may be at risk for a developmental delay or disability.