Posted on October 4, 2021
HealthySteps, an evidence-based program of ZERO TO THREE, was recently implemented and integrated into four pediatric practices in New Jersey as part of the New Jersey HealthySteps Initiative. The initiative is one example of how providers seek to expand access to two-generation services for families. HealthySteps adds a child development expert, the HealthySteps Specialist, to the care team to provide screenings, referrals, and intensive services if needed. HealthySteps Specialists help identify whether children are reaching development milestones (addressing challenges early and preventing others), and make referrals to community programs to strengthen the quality of relationships and environments that support healthy growth in a universally accessible and trusted setting.