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.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends developmental and behavioral screening for all children at these ages:
- 9 months
- 18 months
- 24 or 30 months
How can I ensure my child is screened?
If you would like to complete a screening questionnaire for your child, then please select their school district below to access the screening tool. If you don’t know your child’s school district, you can find their district on our school locator. Make sure you enter the child care center address, not your home address.
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. They rely on parents as experts, are easy to use, family friendly, and create the snapshot needed to catch delays and celebrate milestones.
Delaware Technical Manuals for the ASQ online data system
Resources For Ages 1 month – 35 months
Resources For Ages 36 months – 60 months/ 3 years – 5 years
Additional Screening Resources (Available Until March 2020)
If your school district is not listed, please use the developmental screening tools below.