[R-0509] S3. Child Development

Citation: Early Childhood Development: An Office of the Administration for Children & Families (2017). Birth to 5: Watch me thrive! Webpage. Retrieved from site [or enter “Birth to 5: Watch me thrive!” in your search window].

Abstract: Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental, and behavioral screening for children, as well as support for the families and providers who care for them. At this site, students will learn the importance of developmental and behavioral screening, how to talk to parents, where to go for help, and how to select the most appropriate screening tool for the population served as well as the provider implementing the screening. [Webpage]

Integration: The information at this webpage fits well with content presented in the early childhood courses Child Development; Child, Family, and Community; and Infants, Toddlers, and Twos.

Content Focus: Child Development; Child, Family, and Community; Child Maltreatment, Abuse, and Neglect; Developmental and Behavioral Screening; Developmental Milestones; Developmental Monitoring; Infants, Toddlers, and Twos; Parents; Team Approach to Developmental and Behavioral Screening

Notes: Use the Early Care and Education Providers (PDF) link on this webpage to access Birth to 5: Watch me Thrive! An Early Care and Education Provider’s Guide for Developmental and Behavioral Screening. As student read this guide, have them document answers to the following questions. As an early care and education provider, what responsibilities do you have in assessing and reporting developmental and behavioral concerns? What is involved in developmental and behavioral screening? What is involved in developmental monitoring? As an early care and education provider, how do you plan to engage families in the screening process? How do you plan to use screening results to individualize support for the children you care for and teach? Have students file this guide in their Child Development folder to use as a future resource.