Connecticut’s Ages and Stages Child Monitoring Program is a free service provided by the Children’s Trust Fund’s Help Me Grow Program and is available to families throughout Connecticut. The service is available through the Child Development Infoline, a specialized call center of United Way of Connecticut, 2-1-1.
The Ages and Stages Questionnaires help families understand the proper development cycle of children. These questionnaires provide information on children ages 4-60 months.
To participate, families can complete an enrollment form and send it to the Child Development Infoline (CDI). Once the form is received the family will be given the age appropriate developmental questionnaire to fill out and return to CDI for scoring. A Child Development Care Coordinator will review the questionnaire and send the results to the family. If the child’s development is on schedule another questionnaire will be sent to the family at the next developmental milestone, as well as fun family activities to participate in for the meantime that develop the infant’s motor, communication, and social skills.
If the results identify a concern about the child’s development, a Care Coordinator from CDI will contact the family and discuss the issues. They may suggest services for the child such as evaluation through the Connecticut Birth to Three System or through the local school district. Other resources that may be beneficial for the child are discussed with the family as well.
Last year, over 3,000 Connecticut families chose to participate in the Ages and Stages Child Monitoring Program. To obtain an enrollment form or learn more about this service, call Child Development Infoline at 1-800-505-7000. A care coordinator will also be able to connect a family to other services if indicated, including Birth to Three, Early Childhood Special Education, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and to other resources available through Help Me Grow.
Family quotes about ASQ:
One dad wrote: “People know Birth to Three, but not this program. I called 2-1-1 and then was told of it. You should give this to all newborns at hospitals! It’s great! Thank you!”
From a mom: “Thank you for including us in this program. As a new mother, I find it very helpful! Best Regards.”
Check out this interactive page about Early Education here