Early Childhood

 Act Early

Providing information and tools to track your child’s development. From birth to 5 years, each child should reach certain milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. Learn the signs. Act early.
Website: Act Early

Child Development Watch

Delaware’s early intervention program for children from birth to three. The program enhances the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays and the capacity of their families to meet the needs of their young children.
Website: Child Development Watch

Child Development Watch services are by appointment only at the following locations:

New Castle County: Chopin Building, 258 Chapman Road, Newark, (302) 283-7240 or (800) 671-0050
Kent/Sussex County: Milford Walnut Street Blg, 18 N. Walnut Street, Milford, (302) 424-7300 or (800) 752-9393

Children and Families First Delaware

Helping parents and children across Delaware develop solutions to meet challenges and embrace opportunities. Providing social, educational and mental health services that cover the lifespan.

Website: Children and Families First Delaware (CFFDE)

Cord Blood Banking

Helping expectant mothers and families learn more about cord blood banking.
Website: Cord Blood Banking

A downloadable guide to cord blood banking.
Website: Cord Blood Guide

Delaware ECAP and Head Start Program

Early Childhood Assistance Program – ECAP: Providing comprehensive child development programs for low-income families with children age four and eligible for kindergarten the following year.

Head Start: Providing child development services to children ages three to school entry at or below the poverty.

Link: Early Childhood Assistance Program (ECAP)
Link: Delaware Dept. of Education – Office of Early Learning
Head Start Collaboration
Link: Office of Early Learning Resources

Delaware Newborn Screening Program

This program is intended to identify newborn babies with one of a number of rare disorders.
Website: Delaware Newborn Screening Program

Great Starts Delaware

Providing early learning and child development services for children with high needs, including those who are low-income, children with disabilities and dual language learners, in order to improve children’s outcomes and readiness for school and life.
Website:  Great Starts Delaware

Help Me Grow

Helping parents and caregivers find the information and resources they need to answer their questions, including help with a healthy pregnancy, screening for conditions that might impact development, parenting support and access to health and social services.
Link: DE Thrives – Help Me Grow

Impact on Health And Wellness

Promoting a holistic approach to health and wellness for families and children, including those with special healthcare needs and disabilities. Find materials, tools and other resources to learn skills to build healthy relationships, healthy families, and healthy communities. A project of National Family Voices.

Website: Impact on Health & Wellness
Link: Well Visit Planner – Making the Most of Your Child’s Health Care Checkups

Infant Hearing Resources

Essential sources of information for families with children with hearing deficiencies.

Link: Just In Time – Hearing Resources for Families
Link: Justo A Tiempo – Guia de Recursos de la Deficiencia Auditiva para Familias

Website: Infant Hearing.org – National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management.

Including Young Children w Disabilities

Information on children with special needs and their rights to receive care and education in the least restrictive environment along with their age-appropriate peers.
Article: Including Young Children w Disabilities In Typical Early Childhood Settings

Well Visit Planner

The Well Visit Planner is a free online tool to help families prepare for their children’s upcoming well-child visits to the health care provider. It takes 10-15 minutes to fill out and can be printed to take to your child’s doctor visit.

Link: Well-Visit Planner

CDC’S Milestones In Action

Milestones in Action is a FREE library of photos and videos of developmental milestones. Learn the signs, then act early.

Link: Milestones in Action

Milestones in Action es una biblioteca gratuita de fotos y videos de los indicadores del desarrollo. Aprenda los signos, reaccione temprano.

LinkCómo usar los Indicadores en acción

Link: Free Milestones in Action Tracking App

CDC’s Developmental Milestones Quiz

Learn the signs of Autism and early childhood development. Take the CDC’s “Are You As Sharp As A Tack” Developmental Milestones quiz today.

Test Your Knowledge. Take the Milestones Quiz.

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