Lead screening detects the risk for lead poisoning by measuring the amount of lead in the blood. Lead poisoning can cause serious injury to children. Health managers, staff, and disability coordinators can review this sheet for basic facts about lead and lead screening. Staff may find it useful in supporting positive health and developmental outcomes for children.
It can be a challenge to meet the lead screening requirements. Learn about strategies that programs can use to meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) lead screening directive.
Learn about the importance of vision screening and its impact on vision development
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.
Watch this webinar to learn key features of a children’s vision health program and solutions to common barriers to care.
This webinar will familiarize staff with resources and information needed to implement an evidence-based vision screening program.
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.
The purpose of screening is to identify infants and toddlers who should be referred for evaluation for possible developmental, health, or sensory concerns. The Performance Standards do not require that a specific screening instrument or strategy be used. Rather, they require grantees to perform or obtain linguistically, culturally, and age-appropriate screening procedures.
Learn how timely vision screening is an important step in early detection of any possible vision problems.
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.