A Running Start Health: For Every child, birth to 5

Check & Connect

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health and A Running Start – Health are proud to launch Check & Connect: Recommendations to Promote Early Childhood Development. The recommendations are as follows:

  1. Use standardized tools for developmental & autism screenings at recommended periodicity schedule
    • SWYC: Survey of Well-being of Young Children
    • M-CHAT-R/F: Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised with Follow-Up
  1. Refer children to Early Intervention services
    • Infant Toddler Early Intervention (Age 0-3)
    • Elwyn SEEDS (Age 3-5)

Download the campaign brochure.

To request more brochures for your practice, please call 215-686-5200 or email CheckAndConnect@phila.gov

Screening Tools

ServicesRecommended Tools with Web Link
Developmental ScreeningSWYC (Developmental Milestones portion)
Autism ScreeningM-CHAT-R/F

SWYC (POSI portion)

Early Intervention Services

ResourceWeb LinkPDF
Infant Toddler (Age 0-3)Philadelphia Infant Toddler Early Intervention ProgramPhysician Referral Form

General Referral Form

NICU Referral Form
Elwyn SEEDS (3-5)Special Education for Early Developmental SuccessReferral Form

Release of Information Form
AAP/Bright Futures Policy Statements & Recommendations Identifying Infants and Young Children with Developmental Disorders in the Medical Home: An Algorithm for Developmental Surveillance and Screening

Identification and Evaluation of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (Periodicity Schedule)

EHR Development Support

ResourceWeb LinkPDF
HL7 EHRS-FM Release 2 Functional Profile: Child Health Functional Profile Release 1; Developmental Screening and Reporting ServicesWebsiteHL7 EHRS-FM Release 2 Functional Profile