Policy Resource

California Statewide Screening Collaborative

Jan 9, 2016

Learn about California's collaborative effort to increase the use of standardized developmental screening tools and referral into early intervention services for all young children.

The CSSC was an interagency collaboration of representatives from all major state agencies serving young children and key organizational partners. From September 2007 to May 2012, they worked to implement state-specific strategies to improve early identification of young children with developmental delays and special needs, building on the work of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant and the ABCD Screening Academy.

In a statewide collaborative effort to increase the use of standardized developmental screening tools and referral into early intervention services for all young children, the California Statewide Screening Collaborative (CSSC) launched the California Screening Initiative in October 2009. During the 2009-2010 program year, the initiative provided developmental screening resources and support activities for providers from multiple sectors who work with young children. To ensure that their resources and tools became widespread throughout the state, the CSSC worked with key stakeholders in the medical, early care and education, and child welfare communities to develop messaging for their particular constituents, and distributed information through numerous newsletters, listservs, and letters.

The CSI website design and content was overseen by the First 5 Association of California, made possible with funding from The California Endowment. The California Endowment supported a two-year project to advance the work of county-level First 5 Commissions in expanding universal screening efforts across California. The First 5 Commissions are agencies established to support integrated information and services promoting early childhood development from prenatal to age 5.

Reviewed January 2016.

Explore more from Quality Improvement