Submission #14654

Watch Me Grow
Debra Nelson
Head Start State Collaboration Office, Div of Children, Youth, and Families, NH DHHS
Developmental screening
1. Infant (< one year) 2. Toddler (>1 yr to 3 yrs) 3. Preschoolers (>3yrs to 6 yrs)
Family Resource Centers in NH (see list at
The Watch Me Grow (WMG) system has been in place for about five years and supports community-based developmental screening (family resources centers, home visitors, etc.), referral and parent education on developmental milestones and "red flags". System includes several components from Connecticut's Help Me Grow Program.
WMG is a screening and referral system for New Hampshire families with young children ages birth to six. It combines state and local resources to provide expectant and newly parenting families with information about child development and support to conduct screenings for their children using Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3) and ASQ-SE (social emotional). ASQs are parent-completed developmental and social-emotional screening tools. They are designed for children ages 1 month to 5-1/2 years of age and help identify strengths and concerns as well as educate parents about child development. Parents are given the results of the screen and, with parent consent, WMG shares results with the child's Primary Care Physician (PCP). Parents are also encouraged to discuss results with their child's PCP. WMG participating agencies also makes referrals to the appropriate state and local resources.
A Welligent web-based database is used to track screenings and referrals.
Community setting
NA - As the state's developmental screening/referral system for young children and their families, WMG will be maintained within NH DHHS.