Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. There is no safe level of lead exposure for children. The most important step adults can take is to prevent lead exposure before it occurs. View this webinar to understand the importance of screening and testing children exposed to lead. Find out how to prevent children’s exposure to lead both at home and in the program. Also, learn screening and prevention strategies to implement in your program.
Learn about culturally and linguistically responsive screening of infants and toddlers and how to use this baseline data to identify concerns, plan and individualize.
Use this tool to review your screening procedures and identify what areas may need more information. Check the areas that are already addressed in your procedures. Unchecked boxes indicate areas that may need more information to assure a comprehensive screening system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This health and safety screener will help organizations identify where they need to make changes and build capacity in order to ensure children are healthy and safe while in their care.
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.
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.