The Sprouts Child Development Initiative began as the LINK Project, a developmental screening program, developed in 1991 at Children’s Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which moved under the umbrella of the Community Service Council in 2006. The LINK Project’s primary goal was identifying children in child care who might need early intervention services, ensuring more children were healthy and ready to succeed when they started school. At that time children in full-time child care were reported to be at greater risk of falling behind developmentally, because many were in less than quality programs up to 50 hours a week. Screening services have always been available to every child enrolled at a childcare center, because all parents are interested in how their child is progressing developmentally, but may not know what to expect or how to help. One of the biggest struggles for the LINK Project over the years was trying to meet the request for services, while having a three-year waiting list of child care centers. So, the LINK team of developmental clinicians, along with Community Service Council staff, several pediatricians and other community partners, began looking for ways to serve more children and their families; and believe we found it. Modeled after a successful program in Michigan the Sprouts Child Development Initiative is a child development resource website built around an online developmental screening link, the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ).
Meet Our Sprouts Team
Judy Turner, Family Resource Coordinator
Debi Spencer, Child Development Specialist
Lesley Gudgel, Sprouts Director/Child Development Specialist
Julie Stone, Speech Pathologist
Stacy Kaut, Speech Pathologist
Valerie Thompson, Child Development Specialist
Mary Beth Boucher-Smith, Child Development Specialist
The Sprouts Team review each ASQ-3 screening as it comes in through the Sprouts website. They provide personalized feedback and developmental resources tailored to each child and their family. Please feel free to call the Sprouts Child Development Initiative office 918.699.4250 for more information or to speak with a Sprouts consultant.
Check out the Tulsa Kids February issue to read a great article about Sprouts Child Development Initiative services! Thank you Betty Casey. Click here to read.