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

For Early Childhood Programs

For School Districts

For Birth to Three Early Intervention Program

Resources For Providers

If you need to register or do not have access to your ASQ Portals for whatever reason, please submit a support request. Once your request has been processed, you will be contacted via email with your log in information for you to access your portals. You can find your manual with step by step guidance for using the ASQ system in the Delaware Technical Manuals for the ASQ Data System section “For Early Childhood Programs”. Thank you for your participation in developmental screening!

Resources For Ages 1 month – 35 months

For further inquiries related to the Ages and Stages Questionnaire please contact the Developmental Screening team.