Developmental screening serves a number of important purposes. Its primary purpose is to help identify children who are at risk of developmental delay so that that their needs can be assessed and addressed early in their lives. The developmental screening process itself also creates an opportunity to talk to parents about developmental milestones, so they know what to look for as their children grow. Conducted consistently, screening provides a benchmark for tracking children’s development over time. Intervention and support services provided in early childhood can support children’s development and help them to be ready for school.