Together, We’re Helping to Improve Early Childhood Outcomes Across Our State.
ABCD helps bring the lifelong benefits of early identification of developmental needs to all Colorado children and families. Working with frontline providers, we make it easier for Colorado families to access developmental screenings, referrals, evaluations and support in the early years of a child’s life, when it matters most.
What is a developmental screening? It’s a simple series of questions to help caregivers know whether children are learning basic skills or have other social, emotional or behavioral needs. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children under age 3 receive regular developmental screenings to identify those who may need further evaluation and support.
Our programs and services are offered directly to the primary care, early childhood and community agencies serving children and families. Working together, we’re helping to improve child development outcomes across our state.
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Programs and Services
We offer on-site professional development trainings for early learning professionals. Our trainings align with child-care licensing requirements and promote better child health and development outcomes.
Through customized consultations, we help frontline providers to improve their screening, referral and follow-up processes. We offer customized consultations to early childhood providers and community agencies. We also offer free, facilitated Quality Improvement initiatives to primary care providers.
Through our community systems-building work, ABCD helps strengthen community partnerships to make a family’s journey toward obtaining early identification and intervention services easier. Participating agencies are also able to access our online Early Childhood Screening & Referral Database for a fee.
We are the Colorado program lead for HealthySteps®, an evidence-based, team-based program of ZERO TO THREE® that integrates a child development specialist within a pediatric primary care team. In partnership with the HealthySteps® National Office at ZERO TO THREE®, we work to expand and implement the program across our state.