At Metro United Way, we are proud to help parents of young children by offering invaluable tools for tracking their child’s development, ensuring they get the best start in life possible. The Ages and Stages Developmental Screening Hub is a free service available for parents in the seven counties that we serve – Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham, and Shelby in Kentucky, and Clark, Floyd, Harrison in Indiana – who have a child younger than age 5
A child’s brain develops more in the first five years of life than at any other time. During these years, understanding how a child is learning and growing, celebrating their strengths, and having the tools to support their development will build the foundation for life-long learning.
Ages and Stages Questionnaires help parents with those key measures. These easy-to-fill-out surveys ask parents to test their child’s ability and knowledge of age-specific tasks. With each completed questionnaire, parents get a personalized review of their child’s answers, referrals to services if needed, a free book, and other tips and tools. It’s beneficial for all parents, from first-timers to those with several children. Using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire is one way parents can ensure their child starts on equal footing with their classmates once they enter kindergarten.
Here is a recent testimonial from a parent who has used the Ages and Stages Questionnaires for her three children. She wished to remain anonymous.