Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Screening Guides
Promoting early developmental and behavioral screening


The Importance of 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.


Screening Guides

Vector art showing two people communicating with a talk bubble Behavioral Health Providers (PDF, 187KB)
Vector art of a girl and boy standing next to each other Child Welfare (PDF, 155KB)
Vector art of a house, school, and building depicting a community Communities (PDF, 546KB)
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Early Care and Education Providers (PDF, 553KB)

Providors Cuidado y Educación Infantil (PDF, 303KB)

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Early Intervention Service and Early Childhood Special Education Providers (PDF, 205KB)

Guía para proveedores de Intervención Temprana y Educación Especial Preescolar (PDF, 363KB)

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Home Visitors (PDF, 249KB)

Inicio Visitantes (PDF, 207KB)

Vector art of two hands holding a small house in their palms Housing and Homeless Shelter Providers (PDF, 272KB)
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Primary Care Providers (PDF, 285KB)

Guía para el Proveedor de Cuidado Primario (PDF, 103KB)

Compendium of Screening Measures for Young Children

Publication cover with an orange background with a picture of a young girl looking up next to a tree. The words 'Birth To 5: WatThe 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.

Last Modified: 01/25/2019