Child development is how each child learns new skills and activities as he or she grows. Developmental screening tells if a child is learning basic skills when he or she should. It can help parents, doctors, and child care providers understand how the child grows and learns (talks, moves, listens, makes friends) and check to see if the child's development is on track.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all young children get developmental screenings. When a developmental problem is recognized early, children can get the help they need sooner. If a problem is not recognized early on, it can be hard for a child to learn when he or she starts school. Services and programs for children with developmental problems help them grow, learn, and reach their full potential.
We support the Watch Me Grow RI program in partnership with the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. This program provides training and technical assistance to healthcare and child care providers to help them:
Support your child's health and development:
If you are interested in getting training, technical assistance, or other support regarding developmental screening of young children through the Watch Me Grow RI program, call the HEALTH Information Line at 401-222-5960.