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Why are developmental check-ups important?

  • To ensure that every infant, toddler and preschooler is healthy and ready to learn and grow.
  • To ensure the early identification of developmental risk and/or delays.
  • To prevent delays in early identification and delays in the provision of needed services and support for young children.
  • To prevent the adverse outcomes of failing to identify children with developmental delays, such as poor speech, growth, and school readiness as well as long-term problems such as school failure and adverse adult health outcomes.
  • What is my role in supporting developmental check-ups?

  • You may have frequent contact with families and young children placing you in a unique position to encourage developmental check-ups.
  • You may be the first to suspect and discuss a developmental concern about a child with a family.
  • You may be the first resource for information or help when a family has a concern about their child’s development.
  • You and any community agency that works with young children and their families can play an important role in ensuring that children receive a developmental check-up.
  • What are some of the challenges in trying to help families receive needed evaluations and services?

  • Relying on parents to pass on information from one agency to another.
  • Not knowing how to communicate a concern or results with a provider from another agency.
  • Concerns about confidentiality which may prevent one community agency from sharing information with another.
  • How will this website help community providers and the families you work with?

    It is important for community providers 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:

  • Coordinate and share concerns with other providers in the community.
  • Help families obtain developmental checkups.
  • Help families secure additional services and appropriate referrals.
  • Help families understand and keep track of information about their child’s care.
  • Help community providers understand the referral, follow-up, and overall plan of a child's care. 

    Last modified on: 6/10/2013 5:16 PM