Developmental Comprehensive Screening (DCS) Project
In March 2009, the Delaware Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (DE-AAP), with support
from the Division of Public Health, contracted with Advances in Management to administer and manage
a pilot project to expand the work of the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD)
Project in Delaware. The purpose of the program was to provide tools and training to pediatric
practices to encourage early identification and intervention of developmental needs of young children,
birth to age three. The overall goal of the project was to ensure that all children have comprehensive
screening consistent with the policies of the AAP, occurring at 9, 18, and 30 months.
AIM hired, trained and managed three nurse educators to implement the Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Skills (PEDS) validated screening tool in four pediatric practices throughout the state. AIM subcontracted with the University of Delaware to conduct an evaluation of the project. AIM also coordinated a wrap-up event in April 2010 entitled: Making a Difference for Delaware’s Children: Integrating Developmental Screening Statewide to present lessons learned from the project implementation and evaluation results.
For more information, access the final DCS project report here.
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