Identifying Children and Families at Risk


Identifying Children and Families at Risk


This Web page from the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) program offers tools and resources to help States identify families and children at risk. The ABCD program is designed to assist States in improving the delivery of early child development services for low-income children and their families by strengthening primary health care services and systems that support the healthy development of young children(ages 0 to 3).

Tools available include the following:

  • Developmental screening
    • Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)
    • Ages and Stages Questionnaire–Social Emotional (ASQ–SE)
    • Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS)–Online
    • Pediatric Symptom Checklist
  • Perinatal depression screening
    • Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale
    • The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2)
    • The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)
This Web page also includes resources that summarize current screening guidelines and recommendations for improving developmental and behavioral health services for young children.


    National Academy for State Health Policy; Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Program

    Funding Sources:

    Commonwealth Fund


    Release Date: 2013
    Original Summary: March 2014
    Last Updated: 03/26/14

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