Follow Along Program - Minnesota Department of Health

Follow Along Program

Is your child developing on track? Babies and young children grow and learn at their own rate. However, some children may need help to grow up healthy and learn skills such as sitting, walking, or talking. Minnesota's Follow Along Program can help you track your child's development and let you know if your child is playing, talking, growing, moving, and behaving like other children the same age.

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What is the Follow Along Program?

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  • A good way to learn about your child's health and development.
  • A fun way to get ideas about "what to teach" and "at what age" to teach it.
  • A simple way to ask questions about how your child is hearing, moving, seeing, playing, talking, learning, growing, and acting.
  • An easy way to find out about other services you may want for your child.

How Does the Follow Along Program Work?

  • An early childhood professional, most often a nurse, may visit with you (in person or over the phone) to tell you more about the program and find out more about your child.
  • Questionnaires are sent to you when your child reaches different ages such as 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 30, and 36 months old. Each questionnaire asks how your child is growing, playing, talking, moving, and acting. (Click here to see an example questionnaire.)
  • Handouts with fun activities for you to do with your child are also sent to you.cartoon dragonfly
  • The results of the questionnaires will be shared with you. If there are any concerns, a nurse or other professional from the program will get in touch with you. Together, you can talk about choices for further evaluation or early help services.
  • When your child is 36 months old, you will get information about the next step, Early Childhood Screening.

Is There a Cost?

It's FREE! There is no cost to you.

How Do I Sign Up?

Enroll on-line now

OR contact your local public health department to sign your child / family up for the Follow Along Program (select your county on the map below or click here to see the entire list of contacts).

What if I have concerns about a child's development right now?

If you have concerns about a child's development, discuss them with your child's health care provider and make a referral to Minnesota's early intervention system, Help Me Grow. Accessing early intervention services as early as possible will ensure the best outcomes for your child.

Minnesota map listing FAP County Contacts Aitkin County Anoka County Kittson County Roseau County Lake of the Woods County Koochiching County St. Louis County Lake County Cook Count Marshall County Beltrami County Pennington County Polk County Red Lake County Itasca County Clearwater County Norman County Mahnomen County Clay County Becker County Hubbard County Cass County Crow Wing County Carlton County Wilkin County Otter Tail County Wadena County Traverse County Grant County Douglas County Todd County Morrison County Mille Lacs County Kanabec County Pine County Big Stone County Stevens County Pope County Stearns County Benton County Sherburne County Isanti County Chisago County Washington County Ramsey County Lac Qui Parle County Swift County Kandiyohi County Meeker County Wright County Hennepin County Chippewa County Yellow Medicine County Renville County McLeod County Carver County Dakota County Scott County Sibley County Lincoln County Lyon County Redwood County Brown County Nicollet County Le Sueur County Rice County Goodhue County Wabasha County Pipestone County Murray County Rock County Nobles County Cottonwood County Jackson County Watonwan County Martin County Blue Earth County Waseca County Faribault County Steele County Dodge County Olmsted County Winona County Freeborn County Mower County Fillmore County Houston County

For additional program information, contact the state program coordinator at or toll free 1-800-728-5420.

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Updated Thursday, 19-May-2022 10:20:07 CDT