Family and Community Resource Centers
Why is helping families coordinate a developmental check-up important?
Helping families obtain a developmental check-up is one way to support optimal child health and development.
Promoting a developmental check-up can help a family understand their child’s strengths and needs and maximize a child’s learning, development, and growth.
This website will provide you with useful forms to help coordinate a developmental checkup and coordinate other types of care to help support young children and their families.
For further information about developmental check-ups click on the following links:
Why are Family and Community Resource Centers in a unique position to promote optimal development and coordination of care?
Family and Community Resource Centers and staff often have frequent contact with young children and families.
Family and Community Resource Centers and staff may have behavioral or developmental concerns about a child.
Family and Community Resource Centers and staff may be the first resource a family turns to when they have a concern about their child’s health and development.
Family and Community Resource Centers should have the resources to respond to any of these scenarios and share relevant health and developmental information with parents and early childhood providers in the community, such as healthcare providers or Early Start programs (Part C of Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act provided by Regional centers and local education agencies).
How can Family and Community Resource Centers use the resources and tools on this website?
It is important for family and community resource centers to have some basic forms and resources to help coordinate any services or supports that are critical to a young child’s health and development. You can use the forms on this website to do the following:
To share learning, developmental, and behavioral concerns with other providers in the community.
To help families communicate their need for additional services (e.g. child care services or finding a doctor) with other providers in the community.
To ensure the parent and receiving-provider-agency are clear on the reason for a referral.
To help families understand and keep track of information regarding their child’s care.
To help you, the Family and Community Resource provider, understand the referral, follow-up, and overall plan of a child’s care.