As teachers and educators working with young children, you are an incredibly valuable resource for children and their families. If you observe that a child is not developing or learning like the other children, it is best to talk about this with the parents and make a referral to Help Me Grow MN.
The CDC offers a wide variety of tools to help you track and notice developmental milestones and tips on communicating concerns with parents including:
- A free online continuing education training course called “Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns,” This course comes in 4 Modules and is specifically designed for educators and early education providers. Click here.
- A kit for early childhood educators to use called “Go Out and Play!” This helps you monitor childhood development during activities, contains information about developmental milestones and tips for talking to parents!
- More information, guidance, and tools from the CDC can be found here.
Keep in mind these tools are not a substitute for standardized and validatedÂ developmental screening tools.
Content adapted from “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/ActEarly)