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Developmental Screenings

What do I need to know about developmental screenings?

  • Developmental screenings are brief tools (take 30 minutes or less to complete) that examine one or more areas of a child’s development. Results indicate whether a child is developing as expected, or if there is a cause for concern. If a concern is identified on a developmental screener, formal evaluation(s) are required to confirm and determine the extent of delay.

How can developmental screening benefit my child care program?

  • Developmental screenings can assist child care providers with supporting children’s development and learning, identifying developmental concerns for individual children, and referring those children and families to the right services.

Where do I refer families for developmental screenings?

  • Developmental Milestones can provide developmental screenings for children birth to five years of age. Families can complete developmental screeners online or by mail. For more information visit the Developmental Milestones webpage.
  • Local school districts offer developmental screening for children ages three and older. Contact your local school district for more information. For local school district contact information visit www.idaho.gov/education

Can I provide developmental screenings in my child care program?

  • YES! Child care providers can be trained to use developmental screening tools. For more information, or onsite support with providing development screenings, contact your local Child Care Resource Center.

Developmental Screening Tools and Resources

  • Developmental Milestones/Idaho Infant Toddler Program
    Free Developmental Screening and early intervention services for children addes birth to three: www.infanttoddler.idaho.gov
  • School District
    FREE developmental screenings and early childhood special education services for children ages three and older: www.idaho.gov/education
  • Learn the Signs. Act Early
    FREE tools for tracking development: www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly
  • Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
    Free developmental screening tools and resources: www.acf.hhs.gov/ecd/child-health-development/watch-me-thrive
  • Free 1-hour IdahoSTARS Approved Training

    Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns

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    Description: (click to expand)

    As an early care and education provider, you play a critical role in the health and well being of children. You are also very well positioned to help identify children who might need extra help in their development. This FREE, online training course, Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns, helps you fulfill this role by providing tools and best practices for monitoring the development of children in your care and talking about it with their parents.

    To Start:

    1. Access the training.
    2. Complete all 4 modules, each quiz, and the final evaluation.
    3. Follow the instruction for printing the certificate.
    4. Mail, Email, or Fax a copy of your certificate to:
      IdahoSTARS Training Office
      Center on Disabilities and Human Development
      University of Idaho
      1187 Alturas Dr
      Moscow, Idaho 83843-8331
      Fax: 208-885-6085
      email: idahostars@uidaho.edu

    Once the Training Office receives your certificate, we will update your Training Log.

    Please note: Developmental Milestones is the program that provides the developmental monitoring component of Child Find for Idaho’s infants and toddlers. Developmental Milestones supports parents and caregivers in meeting the developmental, social-emotional, health and educational needs of their infant or toddler.

  • Developmental Screenings: A guide for Idaho Child Care Providers (PDF)