Promoting early developmental and behavioral screening
This collection of resources and tools are focused on child development and developmental and behavioral screening. They have information on how to work with families to make sure children receive screenings early and activities to promote young children’s development. There are also resources on services within the community that support young children and their families.
These resources promote developmental awareness and screening in a variety of provider settings.
See milestones that children should reach from 2 months to 5 years of age, plus interactive tools to help keep track of the milestones.
Milestone Tracker App
The app gives parents tips to help their child learn and grow, a way to track developmental milestones, ensure developmental screening takes place on time, recognize delays, and the ability to share this information with care providers.
Developmental Monitoring and Screening
Learn about the importance of developmental and behavioral screening and monitoring, view a fact sheet or order free materials.
Tips for Talking with Families (PDF, 117KB)
This sample conversation can give providers ideas of how to talk with parents and families about developmental and behavioral concerns and screening.
Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns
This online continuing education course provides tools and best practices for tracking the development of children and talking about it with parents.
Infant/Toddler Development, Screening and Assessment
A professional development module created to support consultants working in child care settings, especially those who have not had education or training specific to infants and toddlers in group care.
When to Seek Help for Children’s Problem Behavior
This resource provides guidance for seeking assistance from outside experts on children’s behavior.
Resources to Share with Families
This link provides information that providers can share with families on developmental screening and monitoring
These resources provide tips and tools to promote young children’s development.
Administration for Children and Family Training and Technical Assistance Centers
These centers provide materials, resources, information, training and technical assistance related to services for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.
Tips for Early Care and Education Providers (PDF, 670KB)
Early learning teachers can learn tips on how to incorporate simple learning activities and concepts in everyday routines.
Backpack Connection Series
These resources offer guidance for teachers and families to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior.
Practical Strategies for Teachers and Caregivers
A variety of tools including posters, tip sheets, and support plans, for Scripted Stories for Social Situations, Book Nook, and Teaching Social Emotional Skills.
These resources provide tips and tools to promote young children with disabilities’ learning and development.
Center for Parent Information and Resources
This center provides information on how to support families of children with disabilities and provides links to the parent training and information centers in each state, which help families know their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and participate effectively in their children’s education and development
CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge
This center has practice-focused modules and instructional resources on evidence-based practices in early intervention and early childhood special education.
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
This center supports early intervention and preschool special education programs and practitioners. It has a number of resources on developmental screening and referral to services and implementing recommended practices for young children with disabilities and their families.
This Website brings together information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and resources related to services for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
This center offers a wide variety of resources on evidence-based practices, including instructional modules and research summaries, for children with disabilities
National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations
This center provides information and resources for supporting young children's social-emotional development and preventing challenging behaviors.
National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM)
This has resources and modules on evidence-based practice for children with autism spectrum disorders and includes modules on screening, assessment, and early identification.
These products and centers provide information on behavioral health resources for children and families.
Identifying Mental Health and Substance Abuse Problems of Children and Adolescents
This resource offers guidance and tools for early identification of children and adolescents with mental health or substance use problems in various settings: child welfare; early and primary care; family, domestic violence, and runaway shelters; juvenile justice; and schools.
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
This center provides information, expert consultation, training and technical assistance to child welfare, dependency court and substance abuse treatment professionals to improve the safety, permanency, well-being and recovery outcomes for children, parents and families.
These websites provide information on child welfare resources.
Children’s Bureau Training and Technical Assistance Centers
These centers provide materials, resources, information, training and technical assistance to child welfare and other professionals to better serve children and families.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
The Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare, adoption, and related professionals to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCSTN)
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.
These resources provide information for primary care providers on developmental screening and referral to services.
Screening and Diagnosis information for Healthcare Providers
Information for health care providers about early identification of developmental disabilities, specifically the screening and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Bright Futures is a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children's health needs in the context of family and community. Bright Futures offers different resources on improving and maintaining the health of all children and adolescents and guidance on preventive care screenings and well-child visits.
Connecting Kids to Coverage
Learn outreach strategies to get eligible uninsured kids enrolled in CHIP and Medicaid.
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT)
The EPSDT benefit provides comprehensive and preventive health care services for children under age 21 who are enrolled in Medicaid. EPSDT is key to ensuring that children and adolescents receive appropriate preventive, dental, mental health, and developmental, and specialty services.
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs
This professional development program enhances the clinical expertise and leadership skills of professionals from a variety of disciplines dedicated to caring for children with neurodevelopmental and other related disabilities.
Learn the Signs Act Early Autism Case Online Training
This professional development curriculum helps educate future pediatric health care providers on fundamental components of identifying, diagnosing, and managing autism spectrum disorders through real life scenarios.
These grants support comprehensive early childhood systems within communities.
Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems
This program funds grants to build partnerships between agencies/organizations representing physical and mental health, social services, families and caregivers, and early childhood education to develop seamless systems of care for children from birth to kindergarten entry.
This initiative provides funds to bring together child-serving organizations and providers in communities to improve coordination, build infrastructure, and improve methods for providing physical and behavioral health services and supports to children from birth through age 8 and their families so that all children reach social, emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive milestones.
Systems of Care Early Childhood Community of Practice
SAMHSA’s Early Childhood Community of Practice (COP) provides an opportunity for discussion, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas and resources related to children ages of birth to 8 who have mental health challenges and are currently being served by system of care communities.
Need help finding assistance near you? The information below can help you locate a variety of local resources.
Family-to-Family Health Information Centers
Family-to-Family Health Information Centers are non-profit, family-staffed organizations that help families of children and youth with special health care needs and the professionals who serve them.
Early Intervention Program (Part C) and Preschool Special Education Program (Section 619) Contact Information by State and Territory
Part C and Section 619 are components of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention to eligible infants and toddlers, and special education and related services to eligible children and youth with disabilities.
Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program facilitates collaboration and partnership at the federal, state, and community levels to improve health and development outcomes for at-risk children through evidence-based home visiting programs.
Parent Training and Information Centers
Parent Training and Information Centers are in every state and provide information and training to families of children with disabilities to understand their rights under the IDEA and participate effectively in their children’s education and development.
University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDDs)
Several UCEDDs across the nation provide early childhood assessment services to assist in determining whether a child has a disability. If a child is screened and is considered to be at risk, the UCEDD could assist with further assessment of the child.