Using ASQ to meet rigorous requirements.

Studies have shown that Early Head Start programs have a significant positive impact on parents and young children, and can even help improve children’s chances for later school success. ASQ® is just what your Early Head Start program needs to live up to that promise.

 A flexible system to meet your unique needs.

Whether your program is center-based, home-based, or a combination program, ASQ can help you deliver comprehensive child development services and meet your rigorous requirements:

Developmental and social-emotional screening within 45 days of enrollment. The ASQ®-3 allows you to screen any child, anytime. Expanded administration windows make it easy to screen a child from 1–66 months without any gaps between the questionnaire age intervals, so you’ll always be able to screen children accurately within 45 days of EHS enrollment. And the ASQ system has a dedicated social-emotional screener, ASQ®:SE-2, that reliably identifies concerns related to self-regulation, compliance, communication, adaptive behaviors, and more.

Ongoing screening with reliable, valid, culturally appropriate tool. Not only is ASQ-3 the most reliable and valid developmental screener available, it’s also been thoroughly reviewed for cultural sensitivity. Illustrations, wording, and examples in the ASQ-3 questionnaires have been refined according to user feedback, so parents of diverse backgrounds can give the most accurate responses.

Screening with tool that includes family members. ASQ is a parent-completed tool that makes parents and caregivers full partners in the screening process. And its benefits to parents last long after the screening is over: ASQ is the perfect way to educate parents about child development and keep them informed about their own child’s progress. The questionnaires reveal a child’s strengths as well as areas that need work, and they ask parents age-appropriate questions linked to specific milestones, making it easy for parents to learn about and encourage their child’s development.

Compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards. The ASQ system helps your program meet every requirement established by the Head Start Program Performance Standards, such as providing culturally sensitive, age-appropriate developmental and behavioral screening; actively locating children with disabilities; building collaborative partnerships with families; and providing parent involvement and education activities. (Review the Head Start Program Performance Standards)

Online management to streamline your screening program. Manage all of your ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 data and allow parents to complete questionnaires on a secure website with ASQ® Online. ASQ Online is a data exchange partner with, the nation’s premier Head Start software chosen by over 1,100 agencies, so you can save time and avoid data entry errors by importing your child data from into ASQ Online.

MIECHV-funded programs: Download the DOHVE issue brief on using ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE to meet MIECHV benchmark area measurement requirements.

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    What ASQ Users are Saying

    “What I love about the ASQ is that it allows our staff to catch delays quickly and allows us to get our clients the early intervention programs that they sometimes need. In many cases [ASQ] helps us catch children up before they start kindergarten, therefore providing children with the start that they deserve.

    Sharon Gee, Supervisor, Healthy Families Niagara