Iowa Area Education Agencies

Learn About Your Child's Development

Iowa's Area Education Agencies have teams of dedicated professionals specializing in early childhood development who can help families determine if their children are meeting age-appropriate milestones and growth objectives.

While each child grows at his or her own pace, listed below are some milestones typically met at the corresponding age:
6 months
  • reaches out for a toy or cracker and brings it to mouth
  • raises chest off the floor
  • babbles and squeals
  • rolls over
12 months
  • says “mama” and “dada”
  • walks with help or alone
  • finger feeds self
  • drinks from a cup with help
18 months
  • has become a “climber”
  • has a vocabulary of 6-10 words
  • likes to hear a short story
  • scribbles on paper using a crayon

2 years

  • uses 2-word sentences
  • imitates parents doing routine chores
  • walks up and down stairs
  • can identify body parts by pointing to them
3 years
  • dresses self
  • follows simple directions
  • rides a pedal toy
  • draws a circle
4 years
  • can place objects in a line from largest to smallest
  • counts one to seven objects out loud, but not always in the correct order
  • continues one activity for 10 to 15 minutes
  • may add “ed” to words, like “I goed to...”
5 years
  • knows basic colors
  • able to memorize address and phone number
  • understands that books are read from left to right, top to bottom
  • draws pictures that represent animals, people and objects

 Questions? Contact the Early Childhood Specialist at your AEA. 

Iowa Area Education Agencies
Central Rivers AEA Grant Wood AEA Great Prairie AEA Green Hills AEA Heartland AEA Keystone AEA Mississippi Bend Northwest AEA Prarie Lakes AEA
All Iowa AEAs are required to adhere to state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination in programs, activities and employment practices. For specific information, contact your AEA.
Iowa Area Education Agencies
Connie Johnson
Statewide Communications Director
Iowa Area Education Agencies
712/335-3588 ext. 2015

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About AEAs
Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEAs) were created in 1974 by the Iowa legislature to ensure equal educational opportunities for all children from birth through age 21. As regional service agencies, AEAs provide special education and school improvement services for students, families, teachers, administrators, and their communities.

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