First 5 LA, in partnership with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has released a new Early Screening, Better Outcomes: Developmental Screening & Referral Toolkit for Family Serving Agencies. This toolkit is a practical guide to support early care and education, foster care, home visiting, mental health and other family serving agencies to implement or refine a high-quality approach to embedding developmental screening and linkage within their programs and organizations. This toolkit elevates best practices from First 5 LA’s First Connections initiative that promotes innovative approaches for community-based providers to embed developmental screening and strengthen referral processes within their practices since 2014.
This is the second toolkit in the Early Screening, Better Outcomes series and joins the Toolkit for Pediatric Medical Clinics released last year. Toolkits were developed by experts at the University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles that provided training and technical assistance to the First Connections initiative.