Development: Is my Child Meeting Milestones?
Learning begins at birth and continues for a lifetime. Babies first bond with parents and caregivers. These nurturing relationships provide the foundation for lifelong learning, behavior and health.
What if I have questions or concerns about my child’s development?
Child Development Infoline
Child Development Infoline (CDI) is a specialized unit of United Way of CT. Care Coordinators are available to answer questions 8am – 6pm, Monday – Friday except on holidays. Messages can be left 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are returned promptly. This service is free and confidential, with multi-lingual and TTY capacity.
Nurturing Families Network
Wethersfield Department of Social and Youth Services
Will I be a good parent? How do I know what’s right for my new baby? What do I do if my baby cries all the time? These are just a few of the questions you may have when you have a baby – and you are not alone. These are normal questions that many parents ask. Nurturing Families Network (NFN)can help answer your questions while you are pregnant and after your baby is born so you feel ready to take care of your baby. FREE support can be given over the phone, at home or in a group. If you want to know more about the Nurturing Family Network, you can sign up or call about a friend: contact Erica Teixeira, Wethersfield Department of Social and Youth Services, (860) 721-2977, firstname.lastname@example.org
Birth to Three
Concerned your child is not meeting developmental milestones? Call Connecticut Birth to Three at the Child Development Infoline, 1 (800) 505-7000, to discuss if your child is eligible for an evaluation.
The mission of the Birth to Three System is to strengthen the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who may have developmental delays. To find a Birth to Three program taking new referrals in Wethersfield visit: www.birth23.org/towns/wethersfield/
Help Me Grow/Ages and Stages
Help Me Grow is a free statewide program that serves children from birth to 8 years old. This organization connects Connecticut children and their families to community services and resources related to child health, behavior, development and learning. Call Help Me Grow at the Child Development Infoline: 1 (800) 505-7000.
The Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3) provides a fun, interactive way to understand the many changes a child goes through. Parents/guardians can keep track of how their child is developing by enrolling in the Ages and Stages Child Monitoring Program, a free service provided by Help Me Grow. When a parent/guardian signs up, a questionnaire will be sent every few months. By answering a few questions, parents can keep track of their child’s development from 4 months to 5 years of age. When the questionnaires are returned, the parent will receive information about their child’s development along with fun learning activities to do with your child. Connections to community services and resources may also be provided.