Promoting early developmental and behavioral screening
As many as one in four children through the age of five are at risk for a developmental delay or disability. Early childhood experts—including those in early care and education, primary health care, early intervention, child welfare, and mental health—can work together to help communities intervene earlier for children who need services to enhance their development.
Below are screening guides, tailored for different audiences of early childhood experts. The screening guides address the importance of developmental and behavioral screening, how to talk to parents, where to go for help, and how to select the most appropriate screening tool for the population served as well as the provider implementing the screening.
|Behavioral Health Providers (PDF, 187KB)|
|Child Welfare (PDF, 155KB)|
|Communities (PDF, 546KB)|
|Housing and Homeless Shelter Providers (PDF, 272KB)|
The Compendium of Screening Measures for Young Children (PDF, 1.1MB) is a collection of research-based screening tools for children under the age of 5. Practitioners in early care and education, primary health care, and other systems can use this reference to learn cost, administration time, training required, and age range covered for each screening tool.