Early Childhood Growth and Development

Ever wonder if your child is on track developmentally? 

FREE screenings are available through the Park County Re-2 School District.  Call Carla Scholl at the Edith Teter Early Learning Center to schedule a free screening or for more info:



Birth to 6 months

  • Picks up toy with one hand
  • Reacts to voices
  • Coos & laughs
  • rolls over 

6-9 months

  • Reaches for a familiar caregiver
  • Begins to sit alone without support
  • Picks up object with thumb and finger
  • Responds to name

9-12 months

  • Crawls
  • Walks around furniture or crib while holding on
  • Says Ma-ma or Da-da 

12-18 months

  • Wants a special doll or blanket in bed
  • Feeds self with spoon
  • Stacks two or more blocks
  • Asks for food or drink with words

 18 months-2 years

  • Greet people by saying "Hi"
  • Walks up and down stairs alone
  • Turns pages of a board book one at a time
  • Uses at least 10 words

2 years-2 1/2 years

  • Opens doors by turning the knob
  • Kicks a ball
  • Points to things when they are named
  • Talks in 2-3 word phrases

2 1/2 years-3 years old

  • Dresses self with help
  • Washes and dries hands
  • Walks up and down stairs with one foot per step
  • Cuts with small scissors
  • Understands four prepositions-on, under, in, beside 

3 years-3 1/2 years

  • Plays cooperatively with another child
  • Toilet training
  • Draws or copies a complete circle
  • Combines sentences with the words "and," "or," or "but"

3 1/2 years - 4 years

  • Tell stories
  • Would rather play with other children than by themselves
  • Play cooperatively with others
  • Dresses and undresses without help except shoelaces, buttons and zippers.

4 years - 4 1/2 years

  • Buttons one or more buttons
  • Draws recognizable pictures
  • follows a series of three simple instructions

4 1/2 years - 5 years

  • Show leadership among other children
  • Goes to the toilet without adult help
  • Swings on swing, pumping by self
  • Writes first name


Questions to ask your child’s doctor:

Is my child’s development on track for his or her age?

How can I track my child’s development?

What should I do if I’m worried about my child’s progress?

Where can I get more information?



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