A Shared Vision For Healthy Children
Health care and child care professionals are working together to create a healthy start for all Vermont children. At Let’s Grow Kids, we are bringing this partnership to reality. By working with health care and child care professionals, we are able to test health screening tools in early childhood programs, further the case for child care as a health care partner, and drive policy change through research and advocacy. We are creating a system of collaborative care, working to ensure all children have a healthy start.
Health Care and Child Care in Action
Throughout Vermont, early education programs are using evidence-based food insecurity and development screening tools at their sites: Hunger Vital Signs and Ages & Stages Questionnaire Online Enterprise System. These tools enable early educators to screen all families in their program, connect them to community resources, and align care across setting.
Resources: How Health Care and Child Care Collaborate
Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ)
ASQ is a Universal Developmental Screening (UDS) tool used to track development in children between the ages of one month to 5 ½ years. This is a family centered approach and allows families the opportunity to celebrate developmental milestone and address concerns on a routine basis. Early education programs across Vermont use ASQ, and are routinely having their staff trained in how to use the screening, as well as add screening results on the UDS Online Registry, therefore accessible to a child’s pediatrician.
Help Me Grow Vermont
The goal of Help Me Grow Vermont is to create strong families, which helps promote healthy child development, and ensure that all children reach their greatest potential. Help Me Grow is an integrated system that helps communities identify vulnerable children through routine developmental monitoring and screening for all young children. Help Me Grow Vermont provides parents and caregivers with information about child development, trains professionals to conduct developmental screening, and links families with children ages eight and younger to community resources.
In 2019, Let’s Grow Kids partnered with 18 child care programs across Vermont to collect data on how high-quality early childhood education leads to better health outcomes for children and families, and serves as protective factors against adult disease and disability. Click here for a summary of Healthy Foundations.
Pediatric Grand Rounds with Lee Savio Beers, MD, FAAP
In July 2020, we were thrilled to hear from pediatrician and national advocate on early childhood, Lee Savio Beers, MD, FAAP, the president elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who talked with an audience of health care and early childhood professionals about the importance of the early years in brain development and the importance of working together to advocate for investments in early childhood services. Dr. Beers’ presentation was part of the UVM Department of Pediatrics and Larner College of Medicine’s Pediatric Grand Rounds. You can watch the Grand Rounds below and following along on the slideshow.