Project overview

Screen Early. Start Strong.

KIDOS Project

The Kansas Initiative for Developmental Ongoing Screening (KIDOS) seeks to expand upon existing efforts and infrastructure in order to effectively coordinate, improve, and track developmental screenings and referrals for infants and toddlers across a variety of early childhood support systems in Kansas, including: home visiting, child care and early education settings, pediatric health care providers, early intervention services, and families.

The KIDOS project is funded by a federal Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant awarded to the State of Kansas in July 2013. When the ECCS funding opportunity was announced, a diverse group of state early childhood leaders made the determination to submit a project proposal to coordinate the expansion of developmental and social emotional screenings of children birth to age three.

A work group of key state leaders chaired by University of Kansas Medical Center pediatrician and professor Dr. Pamela Shaw has been convened to guide the project.

The KIDOS project works with communities to build and strengthen their systems and coordination for developmental screenings and referrals across sectors in ways that meet the needs of both families and programs. The following are the objectives for the three year grant project.


Project Management is provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). The University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research (KU-CPPR) provides Project Coordination and Evaluation.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H25MC00234, Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Building Health Through Integration, $140,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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