Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Early Identification

Topic Editor: Evelyn Shaw

Most recent additions to this page:

  • Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!, a national interagency developmental and behavioral screening initiative, was launched on March 27, 2014 with the release of a compendium of research-based screening tools, "User's Guides" for multiple audiences, an electronic package of resources for follow-up and support, and a Screening Passport for Families for keeping track of screenings, results, and follow up steps, as well as coordinate information with multiple providers to support interventions and services.
  • State of the States Policy Snapshot: State Early Childhood Assessment Policies (March 2014) CEELO - This brief looks at what child assessment measures are being used in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms across the states and how child assessment data is being used. It is intended to help states learn from each other as they plan to implement new assessments (e.g. kindergarten entry assessments) and comprehensive early childhood assessment systems. It is based primarily on secondary analysis of data collected in the State of Preschool Yearbook and presents a snapshot of responses from the states to questions about child assessment.

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)

Links on this site are verified monthly. This page content was last updated on 12/17/2014 CF

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
  • OSEP's TA&D Network:IDEAs that Work