Developmental Milestones

5 years

Check the milestones your child has reached by their 5th birthday.

Take this checklist with you and talk with your child's doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next.

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What most children do by this age:


Social and Emotional

Wants to please friends Wants to be like friends More likely to agree with rules Likes to sing, dance, and act Is aware of gender Can tell what's real and what's make-believe Shows more independence Is sometimes demanding and sometimes very cooperative

Language/ Communication

Speaks very clearly Tells a simple story using full sentences Uses future tense; for example, "Grandma will be here."

Cognitive

(learning, thinking, problem-solving)

Movement/
Physical Development


Act early by talking to your child's doctor if your child:
If You're Concerned - Act Early

Tell your child's doctor or nurse if you notice any of these signs of possible developmental delay for this age, and talk with someone in your community who is familiar with services for young children in your area, such as Early Intervention/Help Me Grow.

For more information, Call 1-800-755-4769 (GROW) or submit the referral form online.


The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be screened for general development using standardized, validated tools at 9, 18, and 24 or 30 months and for autism at 18 and 24 months or whenever a parent or provider has a concern. Ask your child's doctor about your child's developmental screening.

Bold Beginning! milestone checklists are provided by the Center for Disease Control's "Learn the signs. Act early." campaign. Materials are not a substitute for standardized, validated developmental screening tools .