Is Your Child on Track?

Help Me Grow helps you know. (And helps you know what to do next.)

6 Month Milestones

9 Month Milestones

12 Month Milestones

18 Month Milestones

2 Year Milestones

3 Year Milestones

4 Year Milestones

5 Year Milestones

No two children develop, grow and learn in the same way or at the same pace. However, children do develop in certain predictable ways, as shown in the video and listed below. If you are concerned about your child's growth, development or learning, we encourage you to contact your child's health care provider or visit MN Parents Know for more information. Early intervention makes a difference.


  • Rolls over in both directions
  • Begins to sit with a little help
  • Coos, babbles, squeals, laughs
  • Knows familiar faces & begins to know if someone is a stranger
  • Uses hands and mouth to explore the world
  • Transfers objects from hand to hand


  • Sits well without support
  • Creeps or crawls
  • Holds 2 objects at the same time
  • Responds to own name
  • Makes sounds like "dada", "mama", "baba"
  • Shows feelings by smiling, crying, pointing


  • Pulls to stand, walks holding onto furniture
  • Uses simple gestures, like shaking head "no" or waving "bye-bye"
  • Says "mama" and "dada"
  • Shows preference for certain people and toys
  • Imitates gestures, sounds and actions
  • Puts objects in and out of containers


  • Walks alone; begins to run
  • Says three or more single words
  • Tries new things with familiar adults nearby
  • Points to one body part
  • Scribbles with a crayon or pencil
  • Shows interest in other children


  • Kicks a ball forward
  • Walks up and down stairs holding on
  • Points to things or pictures in a book when named
  • Uses 2 or 3 words together
  • Plays briefly beside other children
  • Builds towers of 4 or more blocks


  • Climbs and runs well
  • Builds with blocks; a tower of 6 blocks
  • Uses 3 word sentences
  • Shows concern and affection for others
  • Plays make-believe with dolls, animals, and people
  • Does puzzles with 3 to 4 pieces


  • Catches a bounced ball most of the time
  • Tells stories and recalls parts of stories
  • Plays cooperatively with other children
  • Copies simple shapes
  • Understands the concept of "same" & "different"
  • Follows instructions with 2 or 3 steps


  • Hops; may be able to skip
  • Speaks clearly in sentences of five or more words
  • Counts 10 or more objects
  • Draws a person with at least 6 body parts
  • Wants to please friends & wants to be like friends

If you have concerns about a child's development and think a child might need extra help to learn, don't hesitate to refer a child.

The family will be contacted to arrange for a screening or evaluation to determine if a child is eligible for infant and toddler intervention or preschool special education services.

What is Help Me Grow?

Some young children need extra help to learn and grow. Help Me Grow provides resources for families to look at developmental milestones, to learn if there are concerns, and to take the lead in seeking additional support or in referring their child for a comprehensive, confidential screening or evaluation at no cost. (Minnesota children from birth to five-years-old, if found eligible, can receive services in their home, child care setting or school. These services are free regardless of income or immigrant status.)

Help Me Grow is an interagency initiative of the State of Minnesota (Department of Education, Department of Health and Department of Human Services) partnering with all local service agencies.

Funded By

The Region 11 Interagency Early Intervention Committee

This initiative is made possible through an interagency agreement from the Minnesota Department of Education to the Metro ECSU using federal funding under CFDA number 84.181 Special Education Grants for Infants and Families with Disabilities.