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Child Development Watch

Logo for the Child Development Watch programChild 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.

Child Development Checklist 0 months thru 18 months
0 to 9 months 10 - 18 months
  • follows an object with her eyes
  • turns to hear a noise
  • holds her head up
  • makes sounds and laughs
  • turns when her name is called
  • says mama, dada, or other sounds over and over
  • points, puts objects in and out of container
  • crawls, walks independently
  • feeds himself, transitions from bottle to cup
Developmental checklist 19 months thru 60 months
19 - 35 months 36 - 60 months
  • walks, runs with coordination
  • follows two step instructions
  • points to mouth, nose, eyes and other body parts
  • uses at least 8 - 10 words
  • seeks praise and recognizes feelings of others
  • walks up and down steps independently
  • runs and jumps kicks a ball
  • talks in short sentences, counts in sequence
  • plays with peers, enjoys variety of pretend play
  • names people he knows

 

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 Links


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.
Last Updated: Wednesday February 02 2011
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