Child Development

Milestone Checklists

Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move. Track your child’s milestones and talk with your child’s doctor at every visit. Developmental delays and disabilities often go undetected until a child enters elementary school. Multiple studies have shown that the earlier a delay is recognized and supports offered the better chance a child has of making substantial improvement.

Here are resources for milestone checklists and other information to help gauge your child’s developmental during their first years of life:

CDC’s Developmental Milestones

Get updated CDC milestones documents in English and Spanish, videos and parent tips as well as the Milestone Tracker App, click here.

Zero To Three

The national nonprofit provides early child development information and resources that support parents in developing their own ways to promote their children’s growth and development: