Child Development Watch
Child Development Watch is the statewide early intervention program for children ages birth to 3. The program's mission is to enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays and to enhance the capacity of their families to meet the needs of their young children.
Information for Parents
Child Development Watch is here to answer the question, "Is my child developing and learning like other children?" He or she may be growing and changing, yet may have difficulty hearing, seeing, talking, moving, or learning the way other children do. This is called a developmental delay. Here is a list describing what children of your child's age can do.
|0 to 9 months||10 - 18 months|
|19 - 35 months||36 - 60 months|
Information for Professionals
You may see a child you suspect may have a developmental delay or disability. Child Development Watch is a coordinated, interagency program designed to meet the needs of those eligible. If the child is eligible for services, an Individualized Family Service Plan will be developed with information and input provided by you.
Services are designed to meet the both the developmental needs of the child and the needs of the family in enhancing that child's development. Services include:
- Assistive Technology - equipment and technology used to assist the child's development
- Audiology - hearing services
- Family Training and Counseling
- Health Services - special health services provided in cooperation with your child's primary doctor
- Nutrition Plans
- Nursing Services
- Occupational Therapy - program to teach self-help, playing and eating skills
- Physical Therapy - program involving motor skills and various movements
- Psychological Services - counseling on behavior management, learning, and mental health
- Social Work - family and child counseling and help with coordination of services
- Special Instruction - services related to the child's skill development
- Speech-Language Therapy - services related to the child's language development
- Visual Services - services related to improving the child's visual development
More than 1,000 children have received early intervention services through Child Development Watch.
- Information and resources for early intervention in Delaware
- Telephone numbers for County Maternal Child Referrals
Child Development Watch services are provided by appointment only at the following locations:
|County||Location||Monday thru Friday|
|Kent/Sussex||Milford Walnut Street Building||8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|New Castle||Chopin Building||8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|