VCR is pleased to announce we have received funding from System of Care St. Louis Region to continue and expand the work of the ASQ Screening Collaborative. This funding will allow us to hire additional staff to support, grow, and strengthen the work of this initiative. The hiring process is currently underway and we look forward to introducing you to the new Early Childhood Screening & Referral Manager in the very near future. Furthermore, this funding will enable us to expand the work of our four Family Advocates to include raising awareness int he community around the importance of social, emotional, & developmental screening in young children and connecting families to resources.
Currently there are 13 committed and invested partners participating in this initiative that aims to increase the number of young children in the St. Louis Region that are screened for social, emotional, & developmental delays. :
- Belle Children’s Services/St. Louis Arc
- Hilltop Child Development Center/Lutheran Family & Children’s Services of Missouri
- LUME Institute
- Nurse Family Partnership
- Nurses for Newborns
- Raising St. Louis
- SouthSide Early Childhood Center
- St. Martin’s Child Center
- Unleashing Potential/Caroline Mission
- United 4 Children
- YMCA Community Literacy
- Youth In Need-Head Start East
Since February this group has been meeting regularly to learn more about the ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaire) developmental screening tool and the online platform, to discuss issues of client consent and data sharing, and to troubleshoot barriers that prevent agencies from conducting screenings and utilizing the web platform. We look forward to sharing aggregate data from this initiative as more of our partners start fully utilizing the web platform. As more agencies participate we can’t wait to report to the community what we are discovering about what the early childhood screening picture looks like in the St. Louis region.
The ASQ Screening Collaborative is open to any group who is interested in using the ASQ developmental screening tool in their work. For more information about the ASQ Screening Collaborative, please click HERE or contact Liz Hoester at firstname.lastname@example.org.