Get your team prepared to steer your program skillfully

Once your screening tool is chosen and your initial planning phase is finished, you and your team can move on to the next steps: preparing, organizing, and developing strategies for managing all aspects of your screening program. On this page, you’ll find essential resources to help you figure out your workflow, train your staff on the nuts and bolts of screening, and get families involved as active partners.

Step 4Work Out Your Workflow

A smooth workflow is essential to the success of your program.

A smooth workflow is essential to the success of your program. You’ll want to create a reliable system for managing your paperwork and data, administering or distributing the screener, developing forms and letters you can use with families, and clearly communicating your screening policies and procedures to everyone involved. The resources on this page can help.

STEP 5Train Your Staff

Screening and monitoring the children you serve is a complex process.

Choosing a screener consistent with your goals and resources can feel like an overwhelming task. There are many factors to consider, including cost, compatibility with your existing services, logistics of administration and scoring, and extent of parental involvement. Here, you’ll find helpful resources on selecting the screening tool that’s right for your program.

STEP 6Engage Parents

Families are the experts on their children, so it’s important to prepare your team to welcome parents as active partners in the screening process.

Families are the experts on their children, so it’s important to prepare your team to welcome parents as active partners in the screening process. That means clearly explaining the purpose of screening, allaying their fears and answering their questions, giving them a parent-friendly introduction to your program’s screening tool, and maintaining open communication with them before, during, and after screening. These resources can help you get parents on board with screening and engage them throughout the process.

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