• Health screening is a key part of children’s overall health care. It can help identify concerns early. Explore basic information about screening, as well as resources about screening infants and toddlers. Also, learn about culturally and linguistically responsive screening, lead screening, sensory screening, and social, emotional, and behavioral screening. You’ll also find helpful, practical tools.

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    The Basics

    Screening is the first step in getting to know a child at the beginning of each enrollment year. This "baseline data" helps staff plan and individualize services. It also helps them identify "red flags" for further examination or evaluation.

    When concerns go unidentified, they can lead to bigger problems. Resources from Learn the Signs. Act Early. help families become familiar with developmental milestones. Knowing what to expect helps adults support children's progress.

    Focusing on the potential benefits of screening helps everyone understand its importance. Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! focuses on four specific goals. Screening helps staff and families:


    • Celebrate milestones

    • Promote universal screening

    • Identify possible delays and concerns early

    Together, professionals collaborate to observe child health and development over time. The information helps everyone identify and address concerns.


    For additional information visit: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/physical-health/article/screening-first-step-getting-know-child