The Screening Technical Assistance & Resource Center (STAR Center) seeks to improve the health, wellness, and development of children through practice and system-based interventions to increase rates of early childhood screening, counseling, referral, and follow-up for developmental milestones, perinatal depression, and social determinants of health. Funded by a grant from The JPB Foundation, the AAP is working toward a system of care in which every child receives the early childhood care needed to foster healthy development.

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AAP Recommendations

Whether you are new to screening or looking for resources to improve your process, you’ll find foundational resources that can help you learn about the importance of screening, counseling, referral, and follow-up based on current recommendations for child development, perinatal depression, and social determinants of health.

Patient- and Family-Centered Care and the Pediatrician's Role


Professional Tools & Resources

Resources for Families

The AAP recommends that pediatric care providers integrate patient- and family-centered care in their practices, which includes asking about and reinforcing family strengths. Bright Futures offers tips for implementing a system for eliciting parental strengths and needs.

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