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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recent statistics indicate that as many as 1 in 4 children, ages 0-5, are at moderate or high risk for developmental, behavioral, or social delay. As a result, the Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, Health Resources and Services Administration, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services as well as the Office of Special Education Programs at the Department of Education have partnered to launch Birth to Five: Watch Me Thrive!, a coordinated effort to encourage developmental and behavioral screening and support for children, families, and the providers who care for them.
Childhood Milestones: 2 Months To 5 Years - Watch Your Child For Signs of Lead Exposure As They Grow
Use this infographic about Lead exposure to learn how Lead can impact a child's growth and development. Share it with families.