FEDM is defined as an intentional partnership of families and providers working to highlight a child’s developmental progress and identify opportunities for support and education for positive outcomes.

The three essential attributes of FEDM include:

1) Families are regarded as the expert on their child’s development
2) Information is gathered to inform a holistic approach to the child’s development
3) Developmental progress and needs are discussed over time

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The expanded definition of FEDM codifies best practice, affirming a family-driven, asset-based approach that recognizes what is going well and identifies families’ priorities for their children, inclusive of risk factors like social drivers of health. Inclusion of “family-engaged” in the terminology centers families as experts about their child and equal partners in the process. 

The FEDM Toolkit below is designed to help you share the concept of family-engaged developmental monitoring with partners and stakeholders and provide real life examples of application and practice.

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