Follow Along Program


Since babies and toddlers grow and learn at their own rate, parents often have questions about whether their child is on target with their health, development, behavior and learning.  The Olmsted County Follow Along Program is a screening program that can answer parents' questions, help them learn about age appropriate development, and assist with referrals when there are concerns.

What is the Follow Along Program?

Follow Along is a mail-in program, at no cost to parents, that uses the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQs) to screen for and teach about children's health and development. The program helps parents find out if their child is hearing, moving, seeing, playing, talking, learning, growing, and acting normally as their child reaches different ages.

Who is eligible?

All families in Olmsted County who have children newborn to three years old.

How does the program work?

  • Ages and Stages Questionnaires are mailed to families at different intervals beginning at 2 month of age, and then at 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 30 and 36 months.  Each questionnaire asks how your child is growing, playing, talking, moving and acting.
  • Social Emotional questionnaires are mailed at 2, 6, 12, 24, 30 and 36 months.
  • When parents return the questionnaires, information with fun activities for parents to do with their child and other age appropriate items are also mailed.
  • The questionnaire results will be shared with parents/caregivers. If there are any concerns, the Follow Along nurse will contact parents to clarify answers and help with further services if needed.
  • At 36 months, parents will receive information about the next step: Early Childhood Screening.

How do I sign up?

A child may be enrolled in the Follow Along Program while still in the hospital right after birth, or during a New Baby Visit with a Public Health Nurse, or at their visit with their health care provider.  Parents can also enroll children on line at

Parents can also call the Olmsted County Follow Along Program at Olmsted County Public Health Services (507)328-7500 and enroll by phone and/or request a free home visit.   

Questions can also be emailed to  

Find out more about how young children grow and learn, and what parents can do to support their child's learning at the Help Me Grow website.  Free help is available for eligible children.