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Free Developmental Screening and online training Tools Now Available An anticipated regulation that requires all licensed early care and education programs (child care centers and family child care home providers) to conduct developmental screening on children, birth through five years old may take effect in July of 2016. A child’s development can be measured by how a child learns, speaks, moves, behaves, and relates. Skills such as smiling, waving, and talking are developmental milestones. Results from developmental screenings indicate which children would benefit from a full evaluation and assessment. In July of 2016, a regulation may take effect that requires all licensed early care and education programs (child care centers and family child care home providers) to conduct developmental screening on children birth through five years old. DECD has arranged for all directors, teachers, and registered family care providers to take the Developmental Screening Overview training when new regulations are expected take effect. Training & Free Developmental Screening Tools Now Available Online or face-to-face training formats are available for child care directors, teachers, and registered family care providers. Online training is provided free of charge from May of 2015 until December of 2016. To register for online training, visit Maryland Public Television's Thinkport website: https://ececourses.thinkport.org. To register for face-to-face training, visit Maryland's approved training network website: https://mdchildcare.org/mdcf c/for_providers/trcaldisclaimer.html Directors must apply for the developmental screening tool by December of 2015 for MSDE to cover the cost. Directors will need the license or registration number of their program to apply. To apply for the developmental screening tool: Visit your local Resource & Referral Center and review the developmental screening tools. Watch the developmental screening tool videos at: https://ececourses.thinkport.org Access the online application between now and December of 2015: https://ececourses.thinkport.org