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.
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.
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.
May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month: Promoting Early Hearing Screening and the Use of Assistive Technology
Learn the importance of communication development for young children, including those with disabilities. Find strategies to improve your screening practices.
Learn the facts about Shigella, how to prevent it and what to do if someone in your program has it.
Learn about culturally and linguistically responsive screening of infants and toddlers and how to use this baseline data to identify concerns, plan and individualize.
Learn the facts about lead poisoning in children. Find information on lead testing, the effects of lead on children and how to prevent lead exposure.
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.
Screenings must be completed within 45 days of enrollment. The Sensory Screening Protocol offers a series of tasks to effectively screen children.