“To carry and tend to a beloved child”

How is your child developing?

Hi‘ilei Developmental Screening Program is a free resource for parents of children from birth to 5 years old that provides developmental screening and information for families who are interested in supporting their young child to reach optimal development.

What is development?
Children grow and develop throughout their life. Early skills include smiling for the first time, waving “bye bye”, and taking a first step. As they grow older, children develop more skills as they play, learn, speak, socialize, and move.

What is a developmental screening?
A developmental screening can help families and their child’s doctor to know whether a child is developing like other children of the same age. The screen is a simple set of questions about what a child can do.

How is a child developing?  Where can a child get developmental screening?

  • Child’s Doctor or Health Care Provider

Talk with the child’s doctor about his/her development, especially if there are concerns.  Health care providers usually perform a developmental screening when a child is 9, 18, 24, 30, or 36 months old as part of the well-child visit.

  • Hiilei Developmental Screening Program

Families may also enroll in Hi`ilei Developmental Screening Program to check how their child is developing. 

A note to parents:  Your child’s doctor is your medical home.  Make sure you take your child to well-child visits, talk to your pediatrician about how your child is doing, and share any concerns you may have about your child’s development.

How does Hiilei Developmental Screening Program work?
A family may enroll by completing the Hi`ilei Enrollment Form and sending it to Hi‘ilei Hawaii.  OR, a family may click here to go to the Hi`ilei Ages and Stages Questionnaires website and complete the online screen about their child’s development.

  • A developmental screen will be mailed to the family every 3 to 6 months. The family then completes the screen and returns it to the program (or completes an online screen).

Sample questionnaire for a child age 16 months
Sample questionnaire for a child age 48 months

  • Ideas for fun ways to help a child develop will be shared with the family. The family may also receive information about community programs and activities.
  • If there is a concern about a child’s development, the family will be contacted about possible next steps.
  • If a family consents, Hi`ilei Developmental Screening Program will share information with a child’s doctor.  Doctors may also help in following the child’s development.

Is there a cost?
Participation is VOLUNTARY and at NO COST to families.

Where can families find more information?
Websites with Information and Resources for Families

Learn the Signs.  Act Early.  (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Developmental Milestones
Milestone Tracker Mobile App – free app for tracking a child’s development in a fun and easy way

Where can we find out more about developmental screening and referral guidelines?

 Here is a link to developmental screening and referral guidelines for early childhood and community-based providers who are using validated screening tools with children.  Learn more about the guiding principles, screening, and referrals around developmental screening. Click here

Referrals for children with developmental concerns but not yet evaluated:
Age 0-3 years – refer to early intervention services (Department of Health)
Age 3-5 years – refer to preschool special education (Department of Education)

Has your child been checked for lead?
Lead exposure can cause slowed growth and development, learning and behavioral problems, and hearing and speech problems.  Learn more about Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention.


Hi‘ilei Developmental Screening Program
Children with Special Health Needs Branch
Department of Health
741 Sunset Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816