Is Your Child’s Development On Track?

Is Your Child's Development On TrackThe early years of a child’s life are very important for his or her health and development. Parents, health professionals, educators, and others can work together as partners to help children grow up to reach their full potential. 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 (crawling, walking, etc.). Children grow and learn at different rates. Monitoring your child’s development can be confusing even for the most attentive parent. Kids with learning, behavioral or developmental challenges need specialized care to be physically, cognitively, academically, socially and emotionally healthy.

Click on the following resources to learn more about your child’s developmental milestones:

Easterseals Make the First Five Count

Healthy Children.ORG American Academy of Pediatrics

Atlantic Health Child Development and Autism Center

CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
An initiative from the Office of Early Childhood Development, an Office for the Administration of Children and Families. This initiative draws heavily on previous developmental and behavioral screening efforts by consolidating materials from a wide array of federal agencies and their non-federal partners. As part of this initiative, the Office of Early Childhood Development has published a list of research-based developmental screening tools appropriate for use across a wide range of settings. Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! See the video announcement.

Resources for Children Who Have Special Needs

NJ MAP to Inclusive Child Care Team
The MAP Team provides guidance to the NJ Inclusive Child Care Project (www.spannj.org/njiccp) that offers on-site technical assistance, workshops and presentations at state and national conferences. FIND OUT MORE.

SPAN
Our vision is that all families will have the resources and support they need to ensure that their children become fully participating and contributing members of our communities and society. Our mission is to empower and support families and inform and involve professionals interested in the healthy development and education of children and youth. FIND OUT MORE.

Caring Partners of Morris and Sussex
Our Mission, to Partner with children, families and communities to help children in need to overcome significant social, emotional and behavioral challenges. FIND OUT MORE.

PerformCare
PerformCare is a full-service behavioral health managed care company, supporting members in the public sector. We are committed to providing superior, innovative solutions in behavioral health, developmental and intellectual disabilities, human services, and integrated health programs. FIND OUT MORE.

NJ DOE Special Education Implementation of IDEA
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