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.

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 ( that offers on-site technical assistance, workshops and presentations at state and national conferences. FIND OUT MORE.

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 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

Additional Resources:

This booklet is for the parents, caregivers, or representatives of children younger than age 18 who have disabilities that might make them eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. It is also for adults who became disabled in childhood (prior to age 22), and who might be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits (we call this SSDI benefit a “child's” benefit because it's paid on a parent's Social Security earnings record). This booklet will help you decide if you, your child or a child you know, might be eligible for SSI or SSDI. DOWNLOAD Benefits for Children With Disabilities / Social Security Administration PDF.

The following chart displays the acceptable evaluation time-frames for clinical assessments that can be submitted to PerformCare regarding a youth's determination for Developmental Disability Eligibility through the New Jersey Children's System of Care. DOWNLOAD Timeframes for Clinical Assessments Submitted for Developmental Disability Eligibility Determination PDF.

This document is a guide that will assist you to get ready to start the Developmental Disability Eligibility application process. DOWNLOAD Developmental Disability Eligibility Application Checklist PDF.

Applications for eligibility for developmental disability services for children under age 18 must be submitted to PerformCare, the Contracted System Administrator for the New Jersey Children's System of Care (CSOC). CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE APPLICATION.

An individual must be 18 or older to be evaluated by DDD for functional eligibility for developmental disability services. An individual must be 21 or older to access DDD services. Individuals who are 18 or older and were previously determined eligible for developmental disability services through the NJ Children's System of Care can complete the Short Application for Eligibility. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION.

The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), within the Department of Human Services (DHS), is the New Jersey state agency that can provide supports and services to individuals 21 years of age or older with an intellectual and/or a developmental disability (I/DD). VISIT WEBSITE.

Additional Links

Determination of Eligibility DDD / Department of Human Services

Where to Apply for Services / Eligibility for Services

The Arc Accessing DDD Services when an Individual is 21 and Still in School

A Step by Step Process to DDD Eligibility