Every child learns and grows at their own pace, but there are general milestones every child should meet as they develop how they play, learn, speak, act, and move. Below are a few tools you can use to track and understand developmental milestones.
Tips and tools to track child development
- Act Early Wisconsin: Tools and resources for tracking a child’s developmental milestones and free materials for child learning.
- Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ): Information for parents about this screening tool used by health and child care providers to understand a child’s development. (You can also learn more about the ASQ for social-emotional health, which can help screen for behavioral concerns.)
- Baby Brain Map: An interactive tool that shows how a child's brain develops from the prenatal stage to 36 months of age. (You'll also learn what you can do to enrich a child's development during each stage.)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Interactive tools such as checklists, charts, and videos for monitoring children's developmental milestones from 3 months to 5 years. (You can also download the free app to track milestones and get tips and activities on your mobile device.)
- Learn the Signs. Act Early.: A digital toolkit that includes some of the most popular resources for tracking child development, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Milestone Tracker App, milestone checklists, child development fact sheets, and more.
Learn more about child development
- Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive: A collection of resources for parents and caregivers to help track developmental milestones, screening history, and more.
- Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University: Video playlist that explains how stress and trauma can affect a child’s development.
- Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning: Resources and tips for families to support a child’s social and emotional development.
- Zero to Three: Booklets on early development and the interactive Baby Brain Map which shows how a child's brain develops from the prenatal stage to 36 months of age.