Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Early Identification

Topic Editor: Evelyn Shaw

Most recent additions to this page:

  • OSEP Letter on Services to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (July 7, 2015) - Addresses concerns about services for children with ASD, clarifying the requirements of the IDEA related to the provision of services for children with disabilities, including children with ASD. A subset of OSEP guidance documents related to the early childhood provisions of the IDEA (Part C and Part B, Section 619) can be accessed on the ECTA Center Web site.
  • Developmental/Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening Resources (2015) – State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) - Resources to assist state Title V Maternal & Child Health Programs (MCH) programs in their efforts to develop and implement effective system-wide developmental screening services, including resources for Title V action planning, a case study of one state's Title V action plan, a scan of federal and national programs that have a specific objective/measure around developmental screening, and a matrix of which states have had grant or technical assistance programs related to developmental and autism screening.
  • Promoting Optimal Development: Screening for Behavioral and Emotional Problems (Pediatrics, published online January 26, 2015, doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-3716). American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) - This report reviews the prevalence of behavioral and emotional disorders in children and discusses factors affecting the emergence of such problems; the importance of screening and intervention; barriers to screening and strategies to overcome those barriers; and potential changes at the practice and systems level to facilitate successful behavioral and emotional screening. It includes an appendix highlighting screening instruments that can be used in primary care settings for different age groups, including young children aged 0-5.
  • Tools and Resources for Identifying All English Learners (January 2015) - This toolbox was developed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) to help state and local education agencies in meeting their obligations to English Learners (ELs), including preschool-age children. It should be used in conjunction with joint guidance from Ed's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reminding states, school districts and schools of their legal obligations to English learners under civil rights laws and other federal requirements. The guidance includes information on evaluating English learners for special education services.

Overview to Early Identification and Child Find

Part C Eligibility

Part B/Section 619 Eligibility

Public Awareness and Referral

Early Identification of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Young Children with Disabilities

Screening, Evaluation and Assessment


Evaluation and Assessment

State Guidance

Early Identification of Specific Disabilities and Children At-Risk

Children with Substantiated Abuse and Neglect (Child Abuse Protection and Treatment Act or CAPTA)

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Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

  • CB 8040
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040
  • phone: 919.962.2001
  • fax: 919.966.7463
  • email:

The ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P120002 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

  • FPG Child Development Institute
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