Early Childhood Education
Why is helping families coordinate a developmental check-up important?
Helping families obtain a developmental check-up is one way to support optimal child development.
Early identification of developmental risk and/or delays is important because behavioral and educational interventions can improve outcomes for children in cognitive, motor, language and social domains.
Promoting a developmental check-up not only helps the child and family but also helps educators respond to children’s strengths and needs in order to maximize their learning, development, and growth.
This website will provide you with useful forms to help coordinate a developmental checkup and coordinate other types of care to help support young children and their families.
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Why are ECE Programs in a unique position to promote optimal development and coordination of care?
ECE programs and staff have frequent contact with young children and families.
ECE programs and staff often have insightful observations about a child’s strengths and needs.
ECE programs and staff may have behavioral or developmental concerns about a child.
ECE programs and staff may be the first resource a family turns to when they have a concern about their child’s health and development.
ECE providers should have the resources to respond to any of these scenarios and share relevant health and developmental information with parents and early childhood providers in the community, such as healthcare providers or Early Start programs (Part C of Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act provided by Regional centers and local education
How can Early Childhood Education programs use the resources and tools on this website?
It is important for ECE programs to have some basic forms and resources to help coordinate any services or supports that are critical to a young child’s health and development. You can use the forms on this website to do the following:
To share learning, developmental, and behavioral concerns with other providers in the community.
To help families communicate their need for additional services (e.g. child care services or finding a doctor) with other providers in the community.
To ensure the parent and receiving-provider-agency are clear on the reason for a referral.
To help families understand and keep track of information regarding their child’s care.
To help you, the ECE provider, build community linkages and understand the referral, follow-up, and overall plan of a child’s care.