Developmental Screening

Because your child’s first five years of life are so important, we want to help you provide the best start for your child. As part of our services, we provide the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-3) to help keep track of your child’s development at different intervals. If a child could benefit from additional supports, research has continually shown that receiving them as early as possible makes the strongest impact. Additionally, research has shown that less than half of children who qualify for additional services will be identified from parental concerns and/or a normal pediatrician visit. When a developmental screening tools, such as the ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-3 are used, the percentage increases to over 85%.

ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-3 is a set of questionnaires about children’s development. It has been used for more than 20 years to make sure children are developing well. It is called a screener because it looks at how children are doing in important areas, such as speech, physical ability, social skills, and problem solving. It will ask you some questions about some things your child can and cannot do. ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-3 can help identify your child’s strengths as well as any areas where your child may need support.

While the leadership staff is trained in administering the questionnaires it is strongly encouraged for family caregivers to complete the screening. Most screenings only take 15 minutes to complete with your child. If a staff is to complete the screening in the classroom, no child will be forced to complete the activities at any time. We ask that families complete the screening tool for their children every six months. It is our hope that we will schedule a time with your family to compare results; at minimum we will give you
a copy of our results. You can find the link to the screeners at our website or email the office to have the link sent to you.

If the questionnaires show that your child is developing without concerns, we will provide some developmental activities and the next questionnaire at the appropriate time. If the questionnaires show some possible concerns, we will offer referrals for outside resources to obtain a more involved assessment for your child. Information will only be shared with other agencies with your written consent.

Enrollment into Hillcrest implies consent for the ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-3 developmental screenings. To find more information about the ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-3 please see their website at and speak with the Director.

ASQ Links

This questionnaire includes questions about your child’s communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal social skills.

The questionnaire includes questions about your child’s ability to calm down, take direction and follow rules, communicate, perform daily activities (e.g., eating, sleeping), act independently, demonstrate feelings, and interact with others.