A Roadmap for Advancing Family-Engaged Developmental Monitoring

January 13, 2023


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The purpose of A Roadmap for Advancing Family-Engaged Developmental Monitoring is to introduce and describe family-engaged developmental monitoring (FEDM) as a key component of a framework for children’s healthy development and family wellbeing that includes developmental promotion, FEDM, screening, referral, and receipt of services.

FEDM is defined as an intentional partnership of families and providers working to highlight a child’s developmental progress and identify opportunities for support and education for positive outcomes. The three essential attributes of FEDM include:

1) Families are regarded as the expert on their child’s development
2) Information is gathered to inform a holistic approach to the child’s development
3) Developmental progress and needs are discussed over time

FEDM encompasses and expands upon the existing practices of developmental monitoring and surveillance in clinical and non-clinical settings to establish a shared understanding of best practice across the early childhood field and the families it serves. Inclusion of “family-engaged” in the terminology centers families as experts about their child and equal partners in the process. The expanded definition of FEDM codifies best practice, affirming a family-driven, asset-based approach that recognizes what is going well and identifies families’ priorities for their children, inclusive of risk factors like social drivers of health.

The Roadmap includes evidence-informed strategies for both families and providers, and provides self-assessments to determine the extent to which providers, programs and systems are practicing FEDM.

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This effort was supported with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cooperative agreement 6 NU38OT000280-02-02)