Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.

The Importance of Developmental and Behavioral Screening
As many as one in four children through the age of five are at risk for a developmental delay or disability. Early identification allows communities to intervene earlier, leading to more effective and cheaper treatment during the preschool years, rather than expensive special education services in later childhood.

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announces a new initiative to celebrate developmental milestones, promote universal developmental and behavioral screening, identify possible delays early, and enhance developmental supports.
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! (YouTube™ video)
For more information, vist:
Watch Me Thrive!

An Early Care and Educational Provider’s Guide for Developmental and Behavioral Screening
Birth to 5 – Watch Me Thrive

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