Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Consider Developmental Milestones

From birth to age 5, a child is growing in size as well as playing, moving, speaking and interacting with others. For each age and stage in a young child’s development, there are milestones that each child will reach in their unique way. Early care and education providers should be aware of these milestones and help identify when there might be a concern in how a child learns, plays, speaks or acts. These milestones can help a parent or caregiver find any problems or concerns in their child’s development at an early age. Many groups publish a list of milestones for use such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Developmental Milestones charts and the Zero to Three Organization’s Age-based handouts. You can also share these tools with parents and caregivers.