Health Issues in Head Start: Screening

Head Start promotes the school readiness of low-income children ages birth to 5 by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. It is key to identify children who have any existing issues that might impair their ability to learn. The Head Start Program Performance Standards require programs to screen for concerns regarding a child's development and other skills. Ensure the screening tools you use are culturally and linguistically appropriate or have been tested with the populations you serve.

Screenings help staff catch problems early so children may be referred for further assessment. It is possible they will need special services or treatment to help overcome those problems. A developmental delay, whether it's cognitive, social, behavioral, or physical, can have a serious impact on children's early learning.

Additional Resources

Screening Systems Review Tool [PDF, 234KB]

Screening Resources [PDF, 453KB]

AAP screening tool review [PDF, 90KB]

Health Issues in Head Start: Screening. HHS/ACF/OHS/NCH. 2015. English. Streaming Video. 00:17:33.

Last Reviewed: October 2016

Last Updated: January 6, 2017