What Are Milestones?

Children develop in certain predictable ways, referred to as developmental milestones. Milestones cover four areas of a child’s development — cognitive, communication and language, social and emotional, and motor. Milestones help you understand how your child learns and grows. Please select a child’s age or a specific area of development to learn more about milestones at certain ages.

From birth to 5 years, your child should reach universal milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act and move.  Not all children are the same- but they do move through stages of growth and development in a progression that is the same no matter where they live, what race they are or language they speak.  Development is a human reality and universal in nature. It is important to track your child’s progress through regular developmental screening.

At First 5 Fox Valley our Help Me Grow program offers free ASQ developmental screenings to track progress and give your referrals and resources when concerns arise. Early identification and intervention is key to supporting children’s optimal healthy development.