“To carry and tend to a beloved child”
A Developmental Follow Along Program for Young Children


Hiilei Hawai‘i provides follow along with developmental screening and information for families who are interested in supporting their young child to reach his/her optimal development. Children may include:

  • Children age 0-3 years who may have developmental concerns, who are not eligible for early intervention services.
  • Children age 3-5 years who may have developmental concerns, who are not eligible for Department of Education preschool special education.

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

What is a developmental screen?
A developmental screen can help families and their child’s doctor to know whether or not a child is developing like other children of the same age. The screen is a simple way to ask questions about what a child can do. This is a sample questionnaire.

How does the program work?
A family can enroll by completing the Hi`ilei Enrollment Form.

  • After the family enrolls, 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.
  • 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 the family signs the consent, the child’s doctor  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

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)


Hilopa‘a Family to Family Health Information Center:
O‘ahu:                (808)  791-3467
Hawai‘i:               (808) 333-3053
Maui & Lana‘i:    (808) 270-1536
Moloka‘i:             (808) 660-0063
Kaua‘i:                (808) 240-0485

Children with Special Health Needs Branch
Department of Health
741 Sunset Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816

Hi‘ilei Hawai‘i is sponsored by the Department of Health and Hilopa‘a Family to Family Health Information Center.