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Oct 23, 2014  |  PERMALINK »

Screening as a First Step for Early Success

By Christine Johnson-Staub

As national health and child development leaders and policymakers work to increase developmental screening rates and improve child outcomes, child care and early education programs are critical partners. A new CLASP brief, First Steps for Early Success: State Strategies to Support Developmental Screening in Early Childhood Settings, explores the role of child care and early education programs in connecting children to developmental screening, as well as national efforts and funding streams to support developmental screening and its relationship to early childhood.

Developmental screening is a critical first step to marking milestones and identifying problems or potential problems that may threaten children’s foundation and lead to additional delays and deficits later in childhood. While developmental delays and disabilities cut across all populations, children from poor and low-income families can be at higher risk. Yet, many young children never receive a screening, and among those who do receive screens, many do not obtain effective follow-up that leads to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of further problems.

State leaders can meet short-term and long-term goals for children’s success by implementing finance and policy strategies that create partnerships between health care, child care, early intervention, and other professionals and programs serving young children to increase the number who receive regular screenings and related follow-up services. First Steps for Early Success includes state policy examples and recommendations stakeholders can draw on when considering how to expand access to developmental screening in early childhood settings.

Read First Steps for Early Success: State Strategies to Support Developmental Screening in Early Childhood Settings>>

Job Schedules Matter

Three audio conference calls will address job scheduling challenges for low-wage workers, including a November 19th call on Job Schedules: Child Care and Subsides. Job schedules, particularly volatile schedules, can create and exacerbate challenges low-income parents face accessing child care and child care assistance. Sign up for this call or the entire series.

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