UCEDD – Slide of the Week


Title: Developmental tracking among childcare providers

Legend: Even though 92% of childcare providers indicate it is important to track the development of children in their care using an objective checklist, only 60.14% reported doing so; methods of tracking varied by program type.

Citation: Chodron, G., K. Pizur-Barnekow, S. Viehweg, A. Puk-Ament, B. Barger. (2019). “Childcare providers’ attitudes, knowledge, and practice related to developmental monitoring to promote early identification and referral.Early Child Development and Care. doi:10.1080/03004430.2019.1626373.

Abstract: Although intervening early can improve child and family outcomes when a child has a developmental disability, most children with developmental delays are not identified prior to school entry. Childcare professionals can play a key role in identifying delays early. The developmental monitoring attitudes, knowledge, and practice of childcare providers in the United States are described based on survey data. Findings indicate that childcare providers commonly monitor development but may do so in ways that are better suited to providing care than to identifying risk for developmental disability. Most providers identify early intervention/ early childhood special education programmes as a place to refer for developmental concerns, while not identifying referral to the doctor unless prompted to consider the doctor’s role. Overall, these findings suggest childcare providers may be well poised to identify delays and make referrals early through developmental monitoring but need additional knowledge and tools to do so effectively.

About the Lab: The UCEDD’s Act Early Initiatives aim to understand the factors that enable and hinder early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities among early childhood programs, and to test implementation of strategies to improve early identification and access to services.

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