Is your preschooler struggling to learn?

Children grow and develop at different rates, but most will reach several milestones between the ages of 3 and 5.  Developmental milestones can help identify when a child is struggling and to provide direction to find out why.  A child who is not meeting milestones and/or struggling to learn, may need additional supports to help them prepare for kindergarten.  

There are a range of concerns that could potentially impact a child's learning ability, including difficulties with speech and/or language, cognitive impairment, autism spectrum disorder, emotional concerns, traumatic brain injury, hearing or visual difficulties, early childhood developmental delay or a specific learning disability. Special education programs and/or supports are available to children ages 3, 4, and 5 through the local school district. Intervening as early as possible can in many cases resolve, or at least limit, a child's roadblock to learning. 

Between the ages 3 and 4

  • Able to recognize at least 3 colors or shapes
  • Interested in pretend play
  • Can focus on an activity for brief periods
  • Interested in playing with other children
  • Makes eye contact

Between the ages 4 and 5

  • Able to name basic colors and shapes
  • Understands the concept of time
  • Understands the rules of basic preschool games
  • Able to discuss basic facts about themselves
  • Able to count or point out 5 objects
  • Able to recognize his or her name in print
  • Able to recognize their name in print

Need more information? Learn more about our services, or call the Michigan Special Education Information Line at 1-888-320-8384.