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Iowa Area Education Agencies have teams of dedicated professionals specialized in early childhood development who can help parents determine if their children are meeting age-appropriate milestones and growth objectives.

While each child grows at his or her own pace, listed below are some milestones typically met at the corresponding age:

6 months

  • reaches out for a toy or cracker and brings it to mouth
  • raises chest off the floor
  • babbles and squeals
  • rolls over

12 months

  • says “mama” and “dada”
  • walks with help or alone
  • finger feeds self
  • drinks from a cup with help

18 months

  • has become a “climber”
  • has a vocabulary of 6-10 words
  • likes to hear a short story
  • scribbles on paper using a crayon

2 years

  • uses 2-word sentences
  • imitates parents doing routine chores
  • walks up and down stairs
  • can identify body parts by pointing to them

3 years

  • dresses self
  • follows simple directions
  • rides a pedal toy
  • draws a circle

4 years

  • can place objects in a line from largest to smallest
  • counts one to seven objects out loud, but not always in the correct order
  • continues one activity for 10 to 15 minutes
  • may add “ed” to words, like “I goed to...”

5 years

  • knows basic colors
  • able to memorize address and phone number
  • understands that books are read from left to right, top to bottom
  • draws pictures that represent animals, people and objects

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