The way a child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves offers important clues about their development. Developmental screenings are a tool to engage families in healthy child development as well as identify successes and concerns, and serves as a proxy for the child’s social contributors of health. Identifying concerns early and connecting families with concrete supports like early intervention provide children the greatest opportunity to overcome any delays. 61% of Vermont’s children received a developmental screening in 2017 [1].

Additional information about how Vermont addresses the health of children and families can be found in the State Health Improvement Plan and in the Division of Maternal and Child Health’s Strategic Plan.

Return to the Table of Contents for the 2019 How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families? report.

1. Department of Vermont Health Access, Vermont Blueprint for Health (2018). Community Health Profiles.