Early Childhood Education Professionals Resources

Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ

Ages & Stages Questionnaires are developmental screening tools designed for use by early childhood educators and health care professionals. They are the most widely used screeners and help pinpoint developmental progress in children.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them. New free training available: Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns. Visit www.cdc.gov/WatchMeTraining to access this FREE, 1-hour online, continuing education course to help you monitor the development of children in your care and talk with parents about developmental concerns. This course is approved for credit by VT Northern Lights.


Building Bright Futures

Building Bright Futures seeks to assure that all Vermont children are healthy and successful by improving the quality, affordability and accessibility of services for families with children under the age of six in the areas of health, early care and education. Each Regional Council, with a Regional Director, coordinates regional programs and services, reports local gaps in services to the State Council and develops and monitors regional plans for service delivery.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Most Americans probably know the CDC as the federal agency that tracks and monitors disease outbreaks like the Zika virus. But they have also supported a vast amount of research on child development that produced what many consider the guiding principles. The Learn the Signs. Act Early. initiative encourages parents and caregivers to use CDC Milestones Checklists to track their child's progress and talk to their doctor if they are concerned about their child missing milestones.



Child Care Wellness Consultant Program

Child Care Wellness Consultants work collaboratively with providers to promote the health and development of children and to ensure a healthy and safe child care environment. Our Child Care Wellness Consultants are Registered Nurses who have specialized knowledge of health and safety standards and best practices for child care programs. If you would like help connecting to a CCWC call the HMG VT Child Developmental Specialists at  2-1-1 x6

Early Multi-Tiered System of Supports (Early MTSS)

Early MTSS is a tiered framework of universal promotion, prevention and intervention that is the model for delivering a comprehensive range of evidence based practices, strategies and resources to families and early childhood practitioners. The goal is to improve early learning, social and emotional well-being and competence for Vermont’s young children birth through age 8.

Strengthening Families

Developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, this unifying framework is unique in its approach to identifying the five Protective Factors that strengthen families' ability to raise well adjusted children. Produced by the Center for the Study of Social Policy in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, this policy brief recommends early childhood education professionals use resources such as Help Me Grow VT and 2-1-1 that provide an important and easy way to connect families with needed resources, services and support. These telephone help lines connect families to a trained support person who can work with them to learn more about what they need and connect them to appropriate resources.

5 Protective Factors Posters  Making the Link Help Me Grow  Partnership for Lamoille Valley Children & Families  Protective Factors Action Sheet  Strengthening Families Overview  Strengthening Families Parent's Brochure  Strengthening Families Vermont Profile


Too Small to Fail

Here you'll find resources designed to help you tackle the word gap and support early learning and brain development. Our resources include a Community Campaign Guide, with lessons learned from our “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” campaigns.

Vermont Department of Health

The Health Department's mission is to protect and promote the health of all Vermonters. We work to improve health equity – an equal chance at health for all people. If you are new to Vermont from other countries, cultures or languages use our website to find health information and resources and answer your questions about keeping healthy. The Health Department is the organizing entity for the HMG VT system and also houses Vermont’s Universal Developmental Screening Registry – a comprehensive developmental screening data collection and communication system.



Help Me Grow Vermont

Vermont Department of Health

PO Box 70

 Burlington, VT  05402-0070



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