The Benefits of Developmental Monitoring and Screening for Young Children

Oftentimes parents wonder if their little ones are reaching the milestones they should for their age. TLC Foundation Station works together with families in tracking these learning and developmental milestones, but as a parent, you know your child best. If your child is not meeting the milestones for his or her age, or if you think there could be a problem with the way your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves talk to your child’s doctor and share your concerns. Don’t wait.

What is Child Development?

Child Development refers to how a child grows which includes physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and language development.

What are Developmental Milestones?

Skills like taking the first step, smiling at people, and waving goodbye and hello are called developmental milestones. How your child learns, speaks, and plays offer important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age.

What is a developmental delay?

A developmental delay is when your child does not reach developmental milestones around a certain age.

What is Developmental Screening?

Developmental screenings are ways that professionals can determine if a child is reaching developmental milestones or if they need additional support.

Why is Developmental Screening Important?

Developmental screening is important because it can help you celebrate when your child meets his or her developmental milestones. It is also important because it can help you know if your child needs additional support. Earlier support can lead to better outcomes as your child grows.

How Should I Approach Developmental Screening?

If you have concerns or questions about your child’s development and are interested in developmental screening, you can contact your child’s pediatrician, your local Health Department, or your local TEIS (Tennessee Early Intervention System).

For children 3 years and older, you can contact the School-Based Support Services, of your local school system.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also developed tools and resources to help families keep track of their child’s development. TLC Foundation Station wants to encourage families to talk to their health care providers about their child’s development at every well-child visit. If you’d like to know more about this, please visit the following links:



TLC Foundation Station is a Christian-based preschool in Maryville, TN. We focus on offering high-quality, affordable childcare for the families in our area. Call us today to request an enrollment: 865-406-1035.