Universal Developmental Screening — A Strong Start for Children | Washington State Department of Health – Washington State Department of Health

 
Parents and Guardians
Health Care Providers
Early Childhood Partners
We can give every child a strong start by making sure their development is on track. Regular screenings help determine whether a child is meeting developmental milestones. Screenings create opportunities to celebrate each child’s strengths and address any concerns.
Parents, guardians, and health care providers can use Strong Start: Washington State’s Universal Developmental Screening System to track screenings.
Strong Start
Regular screenings can help your child get the best possible health care. Screenings happen in a variety of places—from doctors’ offices to preschools to child-care programs. When your child’s doctor, teachers, and child-care providers give you screening results, you can enter them into Strong Start. It’s an easy, centralized way to keep track of screening records.
Use Strong Start to record information from a screening that has already been completed. You won’t have to keep track of paper records once you enter screening results into Strong Start!
With Strong Start:
Ready to use Strong Start? Check out our Strong Start Access Guide (PDF).
Want to learn more? Read our Frequently Asked Questions for Parents and Guardians.
Looking for early childhood supports? Connect with these community resources:
Help Me Grow Washington
Not finding what you’re looking for in the Help Me Grow online directory? Call the Help Me Grow hotline to speak with a Family Resource Navigator: 1-800-322-2588. Services are available in multiple languages.
Washington Communities for Children
Child Care Aware Washington
Not finding what you’re looking for in your Child Care Aware online search? Call the Family Center to speak with a child care expert: 1-800-446-1114. Services are available in multiple languages.
Curious about the screening tools included in Strong Start? Find information about:
Strong Start is an easy-to-use system that will help you provide better care and coordination for children.
With Strong Start:
Ready to use Strong Start? Check out our Strong Start Access Guide (PDF).
Want to learn more? Read our Frequently Asked Questions for Health Care Providers.
“We all lead busy lives as parents, educators and health care providers. But we can do better by our children and join forces to give them the strong start they each deserve from the very beginning.
Let us come together with this tool and celebrate all the developmental milestones a child is meeting. If they happen to not meet all of them, let us all get on the same page, partner together and act early.
Reach out and speak up for them. Early support is available for children under 3 years and in school districts for ages 3 and up. These resources build on what families are already doing at home. We need to empower families and each other to highlight a child’s strengths and celebrate their successes in areas where they need a bit more support.”
Christina L. Pease, MD
Sea Mar Community Health Centers
Find a quick reference guide to these tools on the Frequently Asked Questions for Health Care Providers.
Billing for developmental screening:  Developmental screenings are billable to Apple Health (Washington’s Medicaid). Private insurance varies; we recommend checking with your clinic administrator. More information: “How to bill” in the Frequently Asked Questions for Health Care Providers.
Strong Start is an easy, centralized way to keep track of developmental screening records. Parents, guardians, and healthcare providers can use it to enter the results of screenings that have already been completed, wherever they happen. Families will have an ongoing record they can share with early learning partners like you. This will help ensure children get screenings when they need them. It will also help prevent duplicate screenings.
Are you an early care or early learning provider who conducts developmental screenings in your center?
As the system becomes more widely used, we will be able to generate reports that can be useful to early care and early learning providers. Note: no individual records will be identified in any reports. The summary data will help us know where screenings are taking place, and if families are getting connected to needed support.
Want to learn more? Read our Frequently Asked Questions for Early Learning Partners.
Strong Start: Washington State’s Universal Developmental Screening System was developed in collaboration with state partners, including:
And with invaluable input from local health jurisdictions (LHJs), tribal partners, and parents and families from across the state. We are grateful to all and look forward to continuing collaboration!
Have more questions? Reach us at [email protected] or call 833-887-0195 (toll-free).
For people with disabilities, Web documents in other formats are available on request. To submit a request, please contact us at [email protected].
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