First 5 Kern is leading the charge to increase developmental screening in Kern County – and link children to needed services in our community. Through funding provided by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, and a partnership with Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK) 2-1-1 Kern, Help Me Grow Kern will enable parents and caregivers the opportunity to perform the Ages and Stages Questionnaires to determine how their child is progressing.

Help Me Grow Kern utilizes the Ages & Stages Questionnnaire (ASQ-3) and Ages & Stages Questionnaire – Social & Emotional (ASQ-SE-2). The tests provide reliable, accurate, developmental and social-emotional screening for children between birth and age 6. Drawing on parents’ expert knowledge, ASQ has been specifically designed to pinpoint developmental progress and catch delays in young children—paving the way for meaningful next steps in learning, intervention, or monitoring.

The two assessments available through Help Me Grow Kern: ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2

The Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ®-3) pinpoints developmental progress in children between the ages of one month to 5 ½ years. Its success lies in its parent-centric approach and inherent ease-of-use—a combination that has made it the most widely used developmental screener across the globe. Evidence shows that the earlier development is assessed—the greater the chance a child has to reach his or her potential.

Early identification of social-emotional challenges can make all the difference to a young child. The proof is undeniable: the earlier a behavioral concern is identified, the greater the chance a child has for reaching his or her full potential in life. This is the driving force behind Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ®:SE-2)—a parent-completed, highly reliable system focused solely on social and emotional development in young children. Accurately identifying behavior through ASQ:SE-2 paves the way for next steps—further assessment, specialized intervention or ongoing monitoring, for examples—to help children reach their fullest potential during their most formative early years.







The Help Me Grow Kern County partnership