Early Childhood Development

We care about your child’s developmental journey

Every child has their own growth path. We consider development to be about how your child grows in their abilities to play, learn, speak, act, and move.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 6 children in the United States, or 17%, has at least one developmental disability and a developmental delay may be the first sign. Developmental delay occurs when a child is not meeting one or more milestones, and/or has lost skills they once had. Acting early can make a difference!

Don’t wait. If your child is not meeting one or more milestones, has lost skills he/she once had, or has other concerns, Act Early:

  • Talk with your child’s doctor, share your concerns, and ask about developmental screening by calling us at 877-800-5722 or via the patient portal.
  • Ask for a referral to a specialist or supportive staff
  • Follow-up and ask for support, as needed

When you want to celebrate a milestone or have concerns about the way your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves, you are not alone. Lone Star Circle of Care’s Pediatric care teams are here for you. We understand that you know your child best.

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Lone Star Circle of Care Commits to:

  • Deliver high-quality pediatric care, including screening for developmental delays at Well Child Checks and as needed
  • Ask about and listen to caregiver concerns
  • Make informed and accurate observations of the child during visits
  • Identify risks and strengths of the child’s growth and development
  • Document and maintain a history of your child’s growth and development
  • Refer and connect families to specialists and/or resources to address developmental concerns

Referrals & Connections for Support

Lone Star Circle of Care’s Pediatric providers can provide families with referrals if there are concerns about the way your child plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. Examples include:

  1. Early Childhood Intervention (ECI): Assigns a specialist to support child development. This is a statewide program for families with children from birth up to age 3, with developmental delays, disabilities or certain medical diagnoses that may impact development
    Speech Therapy: specialists to support growth in the way your child speaks
    Occupational Therapy: specialists to support growth in your child’s ability to use their senses and small muscle movements to participate in their age-appropriate daily routines and activities.
    Physical Therapy: specialists to support growth in the way your child uses their larger muscles for movement, balance and coordination.
    Audiology: specialists to support growth in the way your child hears
    Neurology: specialists in the nervous system and brain functioning
    Child Psychology: specialist to support emotional and social growth

2. Connect families to resources to alleviate stressors/barriers to accessing the care and support they need. Visit our Community Resource page for resources for you and your child.

3. Connect families to our community health worker or case manager for added support in accessing resources such as specialists, in-home support programs and the Early Childhood Special Education Department at a local elementary school.

You know your child best and you can:

  • Track your child’s growth & development with CDC’s Milestone Tracker
  • Schedule regular Well Child Check appointments with Lone Star Circle of Care at 877-800-5722.
  • Stay in touch with your child’s doctor via the patient portal and share progress and/or concerns.
  • Learn about child growth and development.
  • The CDC has an incredible library of resources available on their Learn the –Signs. Act Early. website. Visit the CDC website to learn more.
  • Visit our blog here for more information about the development stages of your child.

Download the CDC’s Childhood Development PDFs below:


This campaign is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $400,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

FAQs

Yes. Lone Star Circle of Care accepts Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, Texas Children’s and most insurance plans. Click here for a list of insurance plans Lone Star Circle of Care accepts.

Yes. We have bilingual providers and offer free language assistance.

There are no restrictions or eligibility requirements to receive care at Lone Star Circle of Care. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, we provide care to anyone, regardless of income, residency status, employment, health insurance coverage, or ability to pay for services. We offer a sliding fee scale according to household size and income. We can also assist those who qualify with enrollment in Medicaid/CHIP/Marketplace/SNAP or other programs.