Making developmental screening available to children requires that providers and families are familiar with screening tools, their use, and their value. Outreach and education are essential tools to ensure children receive appropriate screening and any indicated follow-up services. This page features examples of provider training resources and educational materials for families and caregivers.
Outreach efforts for families and caregivers may include websites with information about child development, explanations of screening tools, and lists of resources for children with developmental delays. Provider training may be offered in-person in medical offices, through online toolkits, or through virtual seminars. These training sessions may meet requirements for continuing medical education credits or early intervention certifications.
Visit the Office of the Administration for Children & Families’ Early Childhood Development Birth to Five: Watch Me Thrive! for research-informed developmental screening materials tailored for different audiences including families and providers.
Resources are also available for multiple provider groups, such as behavioral health, early care and education, early intervention, home visiting, and primary care providers. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Learn the Signs Act Early offers additional resources about developmental milestones and training resources for early care and education providers.