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Developmental Screening


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Administration for Children & Families (ACF) Resources

Developmental and Behavioral Screening Initiative


American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Resources

Developmental Screening in Early Childhood Systems

In March, 2009 Healthy Child Care America/Child Care and Health Partnership held a meeting to facilitate a discussion regarding developmental screening. This was an opportunity for several states to come together and share their successes as well as the barriers they have faced as they have tried to roll out statewide developmental screening initiatives. View this report for a summary of the day's events and next steps.

AAP National Center for Medical Home Implementation: Developmental/ Behavioral Screening

This Web page provides resources for both health care providers and families, including information on educational initiatives, policy statements, periodicals/articles, resources, early intervention, and promising practices.

AAP Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

This Web page provides materials for health care professionals to support improvement in developmental and behavioral screening, surveillance, and identification of disabilities. There are a number of screening and assessment tools available for different aspects of developmental, behavioral and emotional health. Learn more about how you can use various tools and examples of specific tools for different assessment needs.

AAP's Policy Statement for Developmental Surveillance & Screening

In 2006, the AAP released a policy statement on developmental surveillance and screening, including an algorithm to aid practices in implementation. Simultaneously, the AAP launched a nine-month pilot project, the Developmental Surveillance and Screening Policy Implementation Project, in which 17 diverse pediatric practices sought to implement the policy statement’s recommendations. The project assessed the degree to which a national sample of practices could implement recommendations for developmental screening and referrals, and identified factors contributing to the successes and shortcomings of these efforts.

Presentation Handouts: Developmental Screening for Early Childhood Systems

This presentation, given at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 2010 annual conference. The presentation included information from the "Developmental Screening in Early Childhood Systems" report on how to overcome barriers to implementing developmental screening initiatives and how early education and child care settings can connect with a child’s
medical home.

Information on Medical Home

Every child deserves a medical home. The AAP describes the medical home as a model of delivering primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective. Over the past year, the AAP has been at the forefront of numerous initiatives to promote the adoption and spread of the patient-centered medical home.

Child Care Programs and Medical Home
Child care programs can play a key role in the medical home and in the lives of patients and their families. It is best for a child’s health and development when families, the medical home, and child care programs work together to make sure children are healthy and safe in out-of-home child care settings.

Additional Resources

Learn the Signs. Act Early.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), in collaboration with a number of national partners, launched a public awareness campaign called “Learn the Signs. Act Early.”   The campaign aims to educate parents about childhood development, including early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders, and encourages developmental screening and intervention. Specific information for early childhood educators can be found here.

NEW! Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns
This FREE, online training course provides tools and best practices for monitoring the development of children in child care and talking about it with their parents.

CDC: Developmental Disabilities - Free Materials

CDC: Developmental Monitoring & Screening

Survey of Well-Being of Young Children (SWYC)

The Survey of Wellbeing of Young Children (SWYC) is a freely-available, comprehensive screening instrument for children under 5 years of age. The SWYC was written to be simple to answer, short, and easy to read. The entire instrument requires 15 minutes or less to complete and is straightforward to score and interpret.

Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children, also known as TACSEI, takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates free products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day.

Zero to Three: Behavior and Development

The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby’s development. Here you will find information,  interactive tools, parent handouts, charts, Tip Sheets, FAQ’s, articles, and powerpoint slideshows all designed to help you in supporting and nurturing the health and development of babies and toddlers.

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The Milestones Quiz - Text Version



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