What is developmental screening?
Developmental Screening offers a snapshot of a child’s current abilities in language, movement, thinking, behavior, and emotions. It is a way to tell if the child is learning these basic skills when they should, or if there may be a developmental delay. Developmental Milestones describe how children should be growing and learning in the developmental areas at different stages of their lives.
A doctor, nurse, educator, or parent can complete developmental screening on a child. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be screened at 9, 18, 24, and 30 months of age, and every year thereafter, to ensure that development is on track, and to help families seek additional resources, evaluation, or referrals for services if needed.
Why is developmental screening important?
Screening young children is an effective, efficient way to check a child’s development, help celebrate a child’s milestones, and determine whether follow-up steps are needed. It is also an essential first step toward identifying children with delays or disabilities in the critical early years, before they start school. Research shows that children who qualify and receive intervention services are more likely to be successful readers, less likely to continue needing special education services later in life, more likely to have improved social skills, and are more likely to graduate from high school.
How can I ensure my child is screened?
Children attending a Delaware childcare center with a 4 or 5 Star rating should receive an annually screening at the center. Contact your center director for more information.
To complete a screening questionnaire for your child, please select their school district* below to access the screening tool. Don’t know your child’s school district? Click here to find out.
*NEW CASTLE COUNTY ONLY: If your child was not screened at their childcare center, then enter the childcare center’s address into the school locator tool here and use the corresponding district’s tool to screen your child.
What screening tool is being used?
Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ®-3) and Ages and Stages Social Emotional Questionnaires (ASQ:SE:2) are used in Delaware by early educators and rely on parents as experts, are easy to use, family friendly, and create the snapshot needed to catch delays and celebrate milestones.
District Developmental Screening Resources
Additional Developmental Screening Resources
If your child does not attend a childcare center or has not had a screening at the center he/she attends, and you would like to complete a screening questionnaire for your child, please use the links below.
If your district is not listed, please use the Delaware Readiness Team screening tools below!