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.
Screening for potential developmental delays in children allows for early treatment and supportive services. On the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, Head Start educators and families will find a number of resources on developmental screening tools.
Learn about culturally and linguistically responsive screening of infants and toddlers and how to use this baseline data to identify concerns, plan and individualize.
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.
Watch this webinar to learn key features of a children’s vision health program and solutions to common barriers to care.
Learn how timely vision screening is an important step in early detection of any possible vision problems.
Learn about the importance of newborn hearing screening and how to support families in finding the help their child needs to communicate and learn.
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.
Screenings must be completed within 45 days of enrollment. The Sensory Screening Protocol offers a series of tasks to effectively screen children.
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.