RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


Federal Collaborative Launches Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
April 3, 2014

Recent statistics indicate that as many as one in four children aged 0-5 are at moderate- or high-risk for developmental, behavioral, or social delay.  As a result, the Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education have partnered to launch Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated effort to encourage developmental and behavioral screening and support for children, families, and the providers who care for them by promoting efforts to:

  • Celebrate milestones,
  • Promote universal screening,
  • Identify possible delays and challenges early, and
  • Enhance developmental supports.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! will support the implementation of these core missions by releasing:

  • A compendium of research-based screening tools,
  • User’s Guides for multiple audiences, and
  • An electronic package of resources for follow-up and support.

This collection of resources includes materials, information, and contact information from each partner agency and relevant grantees that will serve to bring awareness to parents and providers about early child development, how and where to get help if a concern exists, tips and techniques to help children with disabilities or delays, and free online training modules on a range of topics. This unprecedented and multi-faceted initiative will assure that the wide range of adults who love, work, and care for young children working cohesively and have an array of resources tailored to fit their needs and those of families. Visit the web site for a complete set of resources.

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