For Home Visitors

Nationally recognized home visitation programs have included developmental screening as an essential program component since 1993. In 2003, UW Extension, Cooperative Extension’s (UWEX) began efforts in capacity building, best practice and evaluation of training in developmental screening training for home visitors began with the support of Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) training and technical assistance funding. In partnership with The Early Years Home Visitation Outcomes Project of WI and the Department of Health and Human Services, UWEX brought the authors of the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) to Wisconsin to provide a Train the Trainer session. That event resulted in the development of consistent best practice standards for trainers and the use of the ASQ and ASQ: Social Emotional Questionnaire in family support programs.

Since 2003, 863 participants have been trained by UWEX group of six qualified trainers. The 2006 release of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Policy statement on developmental screening resulted in increased attention to developmental screening. Additional home visiting programs state-wide and other family support initiatives such as family resource centers attended training. While the training was designed for home visitors, participants from child care, early intervention, public health and education also attended. In 2010 and 2011 The Department of Children and Families funded UWEX to provide this training. For more information, call 608-265-9101.

In 2011, Project LAUNCH expanded UWEX training in developmental screening to include family and center-based child care in targeted zip codes in Milwaukee in partnership with Supporting Families Together Association. To learn more about Project LAUNCH, contact Jennie Mauer, State Wellness Coordinator at 266-1049.