Connecticut’s ECCS planning grant focuses on increasing developmental screening and needed services for young children statewide.  The United Way of Connecticut is the grantee and is working closely with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood on this project (learn more).

We strive to better meet the needs of young children and their families by:

  • working together to have more children screened in early care and education settings across the state;
  • increasing early screenings (for children birth to three years old) in child care, health care, and family settings;
  • and getting necessary services to the children and families who need them.

What is developmental screening? From the day they’re born, children grow and learn throughout their lives. Their development can be followed by noticing how they play, learn, speak, and behave. Screening young children gives a simple way to watch and help them as they develop.

Why is it important? Developmental screenings are used to tell if children are learning basic skills when they should, or if they might have problems. If there are any concerns that come up, the earlier children get the services they need the more likely they are to reach their full potential in school and in life. (learn more)

Where does developmental screening happen? Children can be screened at a primary health provider’s office, early care and education program or family child care setting, or at home using a program like the Ages and Stages Child Monitoring Program through Help Me Grow/Child Development Infoline.

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