- Blythe Berger
Early Childhood Developmental Screening and Follow-Up are programs designed to increase the number of young children (birth to age 8) receiving standardized, comprehensive, developmental and behavioral screenings (child wellness screen) in community-based settings consistent with current recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The purpose of these programs is to provide follow-up for young children who receive developmental and/or behavioral screening with results that were out of the normal range. Follow-up in the form of training and technical assistance support is also provided for their care providers, including child care providers, physicians, and families. Follow-up is provided to young children and their families in community-based settings, when possible. Early Childhood programs also provide consultation to child and primary care providers who see a high number of children with risk factors for poor developmental or mental health outcomes.