• June 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 6

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Guide for Developmental, Behavioral Screening

As part of the Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive initiative, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education have produced a guide for child welfare caseworkers that is centered on child development and behavior screening. The initiative is part of a Federal effort to encourage healthy child development.

The guide addresses influences on child development and behavior, taking a team approach to screening, engaging families in the process, and referring families to services. The guide also points readers to developmentally appropriate screening tools.

Accompanying the guide is a toolkit that provides research-based developmental screening tools and other resources, including the passport. The passport is similar to an immunization card and is intended to help parents monitor their child's developmental progress and screening records.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! A Child Welfare Caseworker's Guide for Developmental and Behavioral Screening is available on the website for the U.S. Administration for Children and Families:

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ecd/child_welfare_guide_march2014.pdf (155 KB)

The Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Toolkit is available on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/watch-me-thrive

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