The Child Development Infoline / Norwalk Community Initiative is a three-year initiative (April 2013 to June 2016) funded by the Grossman Family Foundation. Child Development Infoline (CDI) is partnering with the Norwalk Community to:

  • Create and implement a coordinated system of early detection and intervention for developmentally at risk children; and
  • Generate quality data on the developmental status of the community’s young children for informed decision making about the needs of Norwalk families and better understand the gaps and barriers to service.

The ultimate goal of this initiative is to ensure that children enter school ready to learn by ensuring that:

  • Families have knowledge of and easy access to a statewide system (CDI) that supports them in learning about their children’s developmental needs and connecting to appropriate services;
  • Families learn about child development by enrolling in the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) Child Monitoring Program resulting in more children being identified and screened for possible delays in development.
  • Child health care, early care and education, and human service providers have the knowledge, skills, and resources to identify children at risk for developmental and behavioral problems and can partner effectively with families to promote children’s healthy development; and
  • Public officials and other key stakeholders have, via CDI and ASQ data, information on the developmental status of Norwalk’s young children; understand the gaps in and barriers to services; and, know how best to ensure adequate capacity to meet the needs of children and families.

CDI has been partnering with Norwalk ACTs, a cradle to career initiative in Norwalk, to help support the goals of the project.  As part of this effort, a unified home visiting system is being implemented, with CDI serving as the access point for Norwalk’s Home Visiting programs for pregnant women and families with young children.  A referral form, along with a description of Norwalk’s home visiting programs and a graphic describing our efforts has been developed.

CDI’s Norwalk Impact Report provides information on the three year initiative, lessons learned and the implementation of a continuous quality improvement process to continue the work.

For more information about this initiative, contact Kareena DuPlessis, CDI Director at kareena.duplessis@ctunitedway.org, 860 571-7530 or Marijane Carey, Project Consultant at mjcarey95@aol.com , 203 287-8953.