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Kansas Initiative for Developmental Screening Aims to Build Community Capacity and Solutions

Sep 20, 2016

In July 2015, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment with the Center for Public Partnerships and Research at the University of Kansas released a website and online toolkit aimed at strengthening systems and coordination of early childhood developmental screening and referral for children birth to three.

This is a product of the Kansas Initiative for Developmental Ongoing Screening (KIDOS) and was supported by an Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems federal grant awarded in 2013. KIDOS seeks to expand upon existing efforts and infrastructure to effectively coordinate, improve, and track developmental screenings and referrals for infants and toddlers across a variety of early childhood support systems in Kansas. The support systems include: home visiting, child care and early education settings, pediatric health care providers, early intervention services and families.

The KIDOS Toolkit walks communities through four phases of work:

  1. Generate Ideas and Dialogue: This is about understanding collective impact, convening the right stakeholders, and building a common understanding of developmental and social-emotional screening, instruments used, and early intervention services and resources.
  2. Initiate Action: This includes developing a shared vision, assessing data and current practices, conducting a strength, weakness, opportunity and threat analysis, and identifying root causes of barriers.
  3. Organize for Impact: This is about conducting a gap analysis, agreeing on a plan of action, setting in motion a system for tracking progress, and looking carefully at referral processes.
  4. Sustain Action and Impact: This includes broadening screening to pediatric health care providers, hosting trainings on screening for community agencies, coordinating community awareness activities, and carefully collecting information, reviewing data, refining actions, and communicating results.

Within each phase, the suggested activities are clearly described, and templates are provided that can be customized by communities. In addition to the toolkit, KIDOS supports communities in developing or refining data systems to support local developmental screening efforts and offers free access to ASQ Enterprise, a web-based data system that helps programs manage multiple screening programs. KIDOS has also built a cadre of trainers who can provide training in communities on the Ages and Stages Questionnaire 3 and Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional.

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