Your Vision Screening and Eye Health Program

Uncorrected vision problems can affect a child’s development and school readiness. Learn about evidence-based tools that Head Start and Early Head Start programs can use to screen children’s vision. Also, find free resources that support follow-up care for families.

Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT)

The Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) service is Medicaid's comprehensive and preventive child health program for individuals under the age of 21. EPSDT has two purposes: to assure health care resources are available and accessible, and to help Medicaid recipients and their caregivers use these resources. Health care professionals who work with children in Head Start, child care organizations, and clinics may access their state's EPSDT schedule to ensure children's health needs are met.

Vision Screening

Learn how timely vision screening is an important step in early detection of any possible vision problems.

Health Issues in Head Start: Screening

Screenings help staff catch problems early so children may be referred for further assessment. Watch this webcast to learn how to ensure the screening tools you use are culturally and linguistically appropriate or have been tested with the populations you serve.

Sensory Screening Protocol

Screenings must be completed within 45 days of enrollment. The Sensory Screening Protocol offers a series of tasks to effectively screen children.

Hearing Screening Fact Sheet

Early care and education programs can develop evidence-based hearing screening practices. Use this fact sheet to prepare parents to know what to expect from a hearing screening and how to prepare their child. Talk to parents about who will have access to their child’s screening results.