The Follow Along Program is a fun way to learn about your child's health and development from birth to age 3 and get ideas about "what to teach" and "at what age" to teach it. It is a simple way to ask questions about how your child is hearing, moving, seeing, playing, talking, learning, growing, and acting; and an easy way to learn about other services you may want for your child.
Enrollment is easy! You can enroll online by visiting the Follow Along website. If you prefer paper enrollment, contact Public Health for assistance.
Questionnaires are sent to you when your child reaches different ages such as 2, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 30, and 36 months. Each questionnaire asks how your child is growing, playing, talking, moving, and acting. Separate questionnaires are sent regarding your child's social and emotional development at 12 and 24 months. Sheets with fun activities to do with your child until the next questionnaire comes are also sent to you.
The results of the questionnaires will be shared with you. If there are any concerns, a nurse or other professional from the program will contact you. Together, you can talk about choices for further evaluation or activities that will promote development in the area of concern.
After your child is 36 months old, you will get information about the next step, Early Childhood Screening.
If you have concerns about your child's development, the Help Me Grow website allows online referrals from parents or professionals to early intervention service .