As many as one in four children from birth to age 5 is at risk of developmental delay or behavioral challenges. To promote healthy development and early identification of these issues, several agencies within HHS (including SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Education have partnered to launch a public outreach campaign highlighting the importance of universal developmental and behavioral screening, and support for young children.
The campaign's mission is to:
- Promote universal screening.
- Identify possible delays and behavioral issues in any child setting.
- Enhance developmental supports for children.
- Offer resources for professionals working with children.
These resources include screening tools, user guides for different audiences (including behavioral health providers), and an array of online resources for providers and parents.