Developmental Milestones

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a wonderful resource of developmental milestones to help you understand what are some of the target skills children should be developing at each age.  Click on the tab to the left to display the milestones for that age.

  • 2 MONTHS
  • 4 MONTHS
  • 6 Months
  • 9 MONTHS
  • 1 Year
  • 18 Months
  • 2 YEars
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • 5 years

What most children do by this age:

Social and Emotional
  • Wants to please friends
  • Wants to be like friends
  • More likely to agree with rules
  • Likes to sing, dance, and act
  • Is aware of gender
  • Can tell what’s real and what’s make-believe
  • Shows more independence (for example, may visit a next-door neighbor by himself [adult supervision is still needed])
  • Is sometimes demanding and sometimes very cooperative

5 year old playing guitar

  • Speaks very clearly
  • Tells a simple story using full sentences
  • Uses future tense; for example, “Grandma will be here.”
  • Says name and address
Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
  • Counts 10 or more things
  • Can draw a person with at least 6 body parts
  • Can print some letters or numbers
  • Copies a triangle and other geometric shapes
  • Knows about things used every day, like money and food
Movement/Physical Development
  • Stands on one foot for 10 seconds or longer
  • Hops; may be able to skip
  • Can do a somersault
  • Uses a fork and spoon and sometimes a table knife
  • Can use the toilet on her own
  • Swings and climbs