Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! and Help Me Grow: A Partnership to Advance Developmental Promotion, Surveillance, Screening and Linkage to Services for All Children 


Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! was created as an unprecedented multi-faceted initiative, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education1, to encourage the celebration of developmental milestones, promotion of universal developmental and behavioral screening, identification of possible delays and concerns early, and enhancement of developmental supports by a wide range of professionals delivering services to families with young children.

The focus of the Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! initiative on increasing community capacity to enhance developmental promotion, screening and supports aligns with the mission of Help Me Grow, and Help Me Grow affiliate systems can be a valuable resource for health, early learning, and community and social service providers to ensure support across the continuum of developmental promotion and monitoring, referral and linkage to community-based supports for vulnerable or at-risk children.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! materials

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! and Help Me Grow Partnership Overview (PDF)

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Developmental Screening Passport (PDF)

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Compendium of Screening Measures for Young Children (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014) (PDF)

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Audience Guides describe the role of various stakeholders in supporting developmental promotion, screening, referral, and linkage, which have been updated by the Help Me Grow National Center.

Child Health Care Providers (PDF)

Early Care and Education Providers (PDF)

Child Welfare Caseworkers (PDF)

Early Intervention & Early Childhood Special Educators (PDF)

Home Visitors (PDF)

Shelter or Housing Assistance Providers (PDF)

WIC Providers (PDF)

Help Me Grow affiliates have permission to customize the back page of the Audience Guides and Screening Passport with affiliate contact information and logos; for assistance contact  Printing Tip: Select “Booklet” as the print handling option, double-sided (4.25 x 5.5 inch guide).

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Resources Section

  1. Federal agencies supporting this initiative include the Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, Health Resources and Services Administration, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services, and Office of Special Education Programs at the Department of Education.