Identifying and supporting delays early can have a life-changing impact. Help Me Grow can help.
Every child develops at their own pace. Signs of healthy development are called “milestones.” Milestones are things like walking, talking, and playing with toys. Children reach milestones at different times. So, parents and caregivers may wonder if their child's development is typical.
Developmental delays are not uncommon. As many as 25% of children ages 0-5 are at risk for developmental, physical, or social delays.* Developmental screenings are simple tools that help show if a child has any delays. They are easy for a parent, caregiver, or doctor to complete.
Developmental screenings are very important. When delays are caught early, children can receive early intervention support. Getting support early sets children on track to be ready for kindergarten and beyond.
Early intervention happens before a child reaches kindergarten.
70% of California children with developmental delays go undetected until kindergarten, much later than in other states.† First 5 Riverside County and First 5 San Bernardino County are working with community partners to identify and support developmental delays early. As part of the national Help Me Grow network, they work together to support the healthy development of the nearly 400,000 children ages 0-5 living in the Inland Empire.