With 90 percent of the brain developing by age 5, it is crucial to determine if a child’s development is on track and to address concerns as early as possible.

Promoting early screening and intervention for all young children reduces the impacts of trauma exposure and developmental-behavioral delays. By working in partnership with county and community-based organizations, we strengthen existing systems and build upon promising practices to reduce stigma, improve outcomes and elevate the importance of early childhood development.

Neighborhoods for Learning program offers children and families various screenings to identify potential areas of need.

Developmental screening is the practice of systematically looking for and monitoring signs that a young child may be delayed in one or more area of development. Using a high quality developmental screening tool like the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Third Edition (ASQ-3™), professionals can screen children for delays accurately and cost-effectively in five key developmental areas: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal-social.

Screenings are also offered to look into maternal health and family areas of needs (housing, food, medical, social supports, etc). Once, screenings are completed, family support services will follow to get children and families the support they need. Screening is not meant to establish a diagnosis for the child, but rather to help professionals determine whether more in-depth assessment is the next step. For additional family support resources in Ventura County, please visit https://211ventura.org/children-and-family/

To learn more information about Healthy Developmental Services, please fill out an interest form or call:

  • East county: 805-638-7868
  • Oxnard Plains: 805-512-0220
  • West County: 805-340-9608)