many as one in four children, birth through age 5, are at moderate or high risk
for developmental or behavioral delay.
FIRST 5 collaborates with partners to identify children at risk for poor developmental and behavioral health. FIRST 5 partners utilize the Ages and Stages Questionnaires® Third Edition (ASQ-3) and Ages and Stages Questionnaires®: Social Emotional (ASQ:SE), which are standardized questionnaires with high reliability and validity designed to help parents monitor their child's development and identify potential challenges.
Based on the results of the ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE, as well as the concerns of parents/caregivers, teachers, and/or service providers, children are referred to the KidConnections Network of Providers for further assessment and early prevention and intervention services as needed.
Furthermore, to ensure that developmental and behavioral screening is widely accessible and routinely conducted, FIRST 5 has partnered with the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department, and community-based pediatric clinics to implement a Universal Developmental Screening pilot project.
Click here to learn more about the Universal Developmental Screening Pilot Project.
Pediatricians recommend that all kids under three receive routine, formal developmental and behavioral screenings as part of well-child health care visits. Screenings are the best way to ensure children meet developmental milestones by identifying any concerns or delays early.
But fewer than 1 in 3 of CA's kids are getting the recommended screenings. Without universal infant and toddler developmental screenings, the state is missing the opportunity to provide its kids with a strong start. California can do better!
Click here to download A Healthy Beginning for Young California Kids: Universal Developmental & Behavioral Screenings Infographic