ASQ Developmental Screening

Fairfax County, VA

ASQ Developmental Screening Programs

Promoting the Use of Developmental and Social Emotional Screeners Among Early Childhood Programs to Support School Readiness with the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) and ASQ Social-Emotional tool (ASQ:SE)

  • Developing a multi-year program designed to improve the quality of early childhood education in Fairfax County, VA set to begin in 2021, running through 2023
  • Partnering with Fairfax Futures and Fairfax County’s Office For Children
  • Purchasing ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 kits for early childhood care providers to train educators virtually, to increase fidelity of testing, and to ultimately test more children in the county from birth to 5; and to build out the ASQ Enterprise system throughout the county to better manage data in a more systemic way
  • Program is directly linked to the Fairfax County Equitable School Readiness Strategic Plan and to the J2W Foundation Strategic Plan IMPACT.2023

Measures of Performance

For more information, please see Data Analysis section at the bottom of the page

Data Analysis

  • Goal: To expand the use of the ASQ developmental screening tool among early childcare providers and caregivers across Fairfax County, VA.
  • The ASQ training program is being implemented by the Fairfax County-based Fairfax Futures non-profit organization, in partnership with Fairfax County’s Office for Children.
  • Closing out its third and final year, the program is currently measuring several output indicators:
  1. The end-of-calendar year 2023 cumulative target was to train 260 educators, with a mix of both home-based and center-based participants. By the end of this third year, Fairfax Futures was able to train 324 educators in the use of the ASQ-3 and the ASQ:SE-2, exceeding this goal. The end of program goal (summer 2024) is 350 thus being scored a health score of “yellow” for now. We do plan to exceed the goal by the end of the project.
  2. The third-year cumulative target was to enroll at least 75 educators with the ASQ online Enterprise data collection system. Thus far, Fairfax Futures brought in 50 education programs and will continue to promote and communicate the importance of the system throughout the county. This metric was scored a “yellow.”
  3. The third-year cumulative target was to increase the number of children screened as a result of more programs using the ASQ tool. The goal for ASQ-3 screening for year three is 2,000 children, with 3,019 screened thus far. The goal for the ASQ:SE-2 screening for year two is 1,500 children, with 2,082 screened thus far. Both of these metrics scored “green.”
  4. The third-year cumulative target for getting parents engaged with the ASQ Enterprise Family Access tool was 1,350 families. We have exceeded that goal by bringing in 3,544 families, a more than 100% increase, thus earning a “green” health score.
  • In assessing our outcome measurements, we are analyzing three areas:
    1. We want to see an increase in, not only the number of children screened, but in the number of children identified with a developmental challenge actually being referred for services (in this case, with ITC, or Infant Toddler Connection). Our goal is to see at least 90% of all children screened and in need of services receiving those services. We are currently at 91%, earning a score of “green.”
    2. Lastly, over time, we hope to see a decrease in the overall number of children needing further services after receiving supports from ITC. Looking at the ASQ-3, we rated a 6% (goal of 10% or less) as a “green” and, with the ASQ-SE, we rated 3% (goal of 3% or less) as a “green.”