“To carry and tend to a beloved child”

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How is your child developing?

Hi‘ilei Developmental Screening Program is a FREE resource for children birth to 5 years old.  The Hi`ilei program provides developmental screens and information for families.

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, children develop more skills as they play, learn, speak, socialize, and move.

What is a developmental screening?
A developmental screen is a simple set of questions about what a child can do.  It helps families find out if their child is developing like other children their age.
Sample developmental screen

How is your child developing?

  • Health Care Providers: Talk with your child’s doctor if you are worried about your child’s development.  Doctors usually do a developmental screen as part of the well-child visit.
  • Hiilei Developmental Screening Program: Enroll your child in the Hi`ilei program to see how your child is developing.

How can your family enroll in the Hi‘ilei program?
Enrolling is FREE! Families can complete a screen online or receive a questionnaire in the mail.

Online option: To complete the developmental screen online, go to: https://www.asqonline.com/family/628176
Mail option: Complete the Enrollment Form and send it to the Hi‘ilei program. A developmental screen and pre-paid stamped envelope will then be mailed to you. Complete the developmental screen and mail it back. Click here for Enrollment Form

What happens after the screen is completed?

  • Your family will be sent the screening results by mail or by a phone call from our staff.
  • Your family will get a list of community resources and fun ways to help your child develop.
  • If there is a concern about your child’s development, your family will be contacted about possible next steps.


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
Phone: (808) 733-4971
[email protected]