Screening/Early Identification: Background

In 2010, the Wisconsin Governor’s Council adopted recommendations to “create a comprehensive screening and assessment system to identify children’s individual developmental needs and to facilitate referrals to appropriate services.” This means developmental screening and assessment are high-priority, system level activities in the State.

Blueprint for a Comprehensive & Aligned System for Screening & Assessment of Young Children(revised doc 2-27-14) (pdf)

In February 2012, the blueprint for a comprehensive and aligned system for screening and assessment of young children was submitted to the Governor's Early Childhood Advisory Council by the Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners Healthy Children Committee.

The goal of developmental screening is to help all children reach their full developmental potential. Screening using a validated tool not only aids early identification of children with delays, but also promotes greater understanding of typical child development.

Program-Specific Policies and Guidance