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Center for Disabilities Studies
University of Delaware
461 Wyoming Road
Newark DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6974
TDD: 302-831-4689

Developmental Screening

Learn the Signs Act Early

It is estimated that 17% of all U.S. children have a developmental or behavioral disability, yet less than 50% will be identified before they start school. Many parents have little knowledge of important cognitive, social and emotional milestones.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDI know the signs of healthy child development.D), in collaboration with a number of national partners, launched a public awareness campaign called “Learn the Signs. Act Early. Through education and awareness, the project will help parents become a vital partner in identifying developmental differences and bring concerns to the attention of their child’s physician.

Help us spread the word about the importance of developmental screening with downloadable and printable resource pages.

Materials available include: General Resources for Parents, Healthcare Providers, and Childcare Providers. Materials on developmental screening and milestones are also available in other languages including Arabic, Korean, and Portuguese.

For more information on this project in Delaware, contact Annalisa Ekbladh at  or (302) 831-0626.



A child’s growth is more than just physical. Children grow, develop, and learn throughout their lives, starting at birth. A child’s development can be followed by how they play, learn, speak, and behave.

Text4Baby is an educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) that provides pregnant  women and new moms with information they need to take care of their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Women  who sign up for the service by texting BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their  due date or baby’s date of birth. Text messages are on a variety of health topics including developmental milestones, immunizations,  nutrition, oral health as well as toll-free numbers for health services.

To learn more about this program and to register, visit

For more information on this project in Delaware,  contact Karen Zalewski at  (302) 831-6839 or


Celebrate 2020: A Report on 10 Years of Improved Services and Supports

The year 2010 marks a decade of progress for children and youth with special health care needs for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).  This document highlights the progress made over the past ten years in areas like early identification and developmental screening.  The report includes personal stories on how individuals and families have benefitted from the supports and services funded by MCHB.