WIC Act Early: Milestone Checklists

Learn how to complete a milestone checklist to share with your WIC Program and your child’s healthcare provider.

Milestone checklists are tools developed by CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. initiative. Checklists are available for all ages for which a well-child visit is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), between 2 months and 5 years. The checklists describe the things that most babies or children are able to do by a certain age. If there are missing milestones, caregivers should act early and talk with their child’s healthcare provider.

How to complete a checklist

Caregivers should complete a checklist that is appropriate for their child’s age. There are 12 checklists for ages ranging from 2 months to 5 years. If your child is between two checklist ages, use the checklist for the younger age. For example, if your child is 20 months old, complete the 18-month checklist. If your child was born more than 3 weeks prematurely, use their corrected age to determine which checklist to complete.

Once you have completed a checklist, share it with your WIC Program and your child’s healthcare provider.

There are several options for completing a milestone checklist. You can access a checklist by using the mobile app, completing a checklist online, or printing a copy.

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Milestone Tracker mobile app

For continuous monitoring of your child’s development, download the CDC’s free Milestone Tracker mobile app. All the checklists are available on the app! When you complete a checklist, you can share it with your WIC Program and your child’s healthcare provider.

Online checklist

Complete an age-appropriate checklist on the Massachusetts Act Early website and share it electronically with your WIC Program and your child’s healthcare provider. These checklists are currently available in English, Chinese and Spanish.

Printed checklist

View and print language-specific milestone checklists covering all checklist ages. Complete the checklist that is right for your child’s age and share it with your WIC Program and your child’s healthcare provider.

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