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CDC's new app helps parents track child's development

The Milestone Tracker app makes it easy for parents to track, support, and celebrate their young child's development.

CDC's new app helps parents track child's development

CDC is not in the app-making business, so when they launch an app, we tend to listen.

And they did just that with Milestone Tracker, a free to download app that makes it easy for parents to track, support, and celebrate their young child's development.

"Skills like taking a first step, saying those first words, and waving 'bye-bye' are developmental milestones all parents anticipate and celebrate," CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. said in a statement. "This CDC Milestone Tracker app gives parents tips to help their child learn and grow, a way to track developmental milestones, recognize delays, and the ability to share this information with their healthcare provider."

Available for iOS and Android-based devices, the app offers milestone checklists for children ages 2 months through 5 years, illustrated with photos and videos. Also, there are tips and activities to help children learn and grow, information on when to act early and talk with a doctor about a developmental concern, and a personalized milestone summary that can be easily shared with the doctor and other care providers. Finally, the app includes ever-handy reminders for appointments and developmental screening.

The Milestone Tracker app was developed by CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program to help parents, early care and education providers, and healthcare providers track developmental milestones in young children.

Said program aims to improve the early identification of children with developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, so children and families can get the support and services they need as early as possible.

In addition to the app, CDC offers free children's books, milestone checklists, and other resources that can be downloaded or ordered online. Most materials are available in English and Spanish, and some are available in other languages.

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