The importance of the first five years for a child’s development and the importance of identifying any developmental concerns early is well established. Developmental screenings provide an opportunity to not only identify, but also to intervene and address concerns.
Nationally and in California, there has been increased focus on ensuring that children receive developmental screenings in their first years. Although children may be screened in a variety of settings, there has been particular focus on health care settings and early education settings. In California, the statewide standards for the quality rating improvement systems (QRIS), aimed at improving the quality of early care and education, include the use of developmental screenings. In the health care sector, developmental screenings are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, to be conducted at specific intervals in the first three years. Increased focus on early intervention provides opportunities for cross-system coordination to maximize reach and impact.
VIVA conducted a landscape analysis as part of a multi-year engagement with First 5 San Bernardino and local early learning partners who are working to design and build their local QRIS, Quality Start San Bernardino.
This landscape analysis is aimed at looking at opportunities to build a service partnership around screenings and early intervention services that ideally can support coordination between the QRIS and the county’s Help Me Grow early intervention system-building initiative, and support use of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ).
Key activities of this partnership:
- Meeting Facilitation
- Partnership Development
- Landscape Scan
- Systems Change