Health Care Provider Resources

Ages & Stages Questionnaires (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.

Developmental Monitoring & ScreeningDevelopmental Milestones ChecklistBirth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! A Guide for PCP's

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.

 MilestonesChecklist  PositiveParenting Tips

Children's HealthWatch

Children’s HealthWatch's mission is to improve the health and development of young children by informing policies that address and alleviate economic hardships. Comprised of a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts, the Children’s HealthWatch network is committed to improving children’s health in America. We do that by first collecting real-time data in urban hospitals across the country on infants and toddlers from families facing economic hardship. We then analyze and share our findings with academics, legislators, and the public. Our findings help policymakers and the public better understand the social and economic factors that impact children’s health so they can make well-informed policy decisions that can give all children equal opportunities for healthy, successful lives.

The Hunger Vital Sign™, a 2-question screening tool based on the US Household Food Security Scale to identify young children in households at risk of food insecurity.

Poverty & Child Health

In 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement and technical report on poverty and child health. The landmark policy statement, published online in Pediatrics, recommends that pediatricians screen patients for poverty risk factors during check-ups, and advocates for protecting and expanding state and federal programs that help provide opportunity for families struggling to make ends meet. The technical report describes the pervasive threat poverty poses to children’s health and development. With the goal of making kids and families happy, healthy, and whole, key resources the AAP recommends that pediatricians utilize are Help Me Grow and 2-1-1.

Practice Tips for pediatricians including suggested screening tools can be found at AAP.

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 physicians 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  Primary Health Partners  Protective Factors Action Sheet  Strengthening Families Overview  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.

Social & Emotional Developmental   Tip Sheet

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.

HMG VT System Handout  UDS Registry Information



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Help Me Grow Vermont

Vermont Department of Health

PO Box 70

 Burlington, VT  05402-0070



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