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The Survey of Well- Being for Young Children (SWYC)

Study of Community Readiness for Implementation in Tribal Early Childhood Programs


The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center (TRC) is currently conducting a feasibility study entitled “The Survey of Well-Being for Young Children (SWYC): Study of Community Readiness for Implementation in Tribal Early Childhood Programs.” The SWYC is a new surveillance tool designed to screen for social-emotional and developmental delays among children aged 0- 5 years. The Administration of Children and Families (ACF) and the TRC are interested in exploring the utility of this screener for use in tribal communities.  As a first step, the TRC, with funding from ACF, is seeking tribal community feedback regarding the SWYC by asking three main questions: (1) Is there a need for the SWYC in the community? (2) Is the SWYC culturally appropriate and relevant for use with children in the community?  (3) Is it feasible to administer the SWYC within existing service settings and use SWYC data to enhance identification and referral for young children with developmental challenges?  Input is being sought from early childhood stakeholders in tribal communities, including Head Start, Home Visiting, and Child Care program staff: pediatricians, nurses, mental health providers, parents, and community elders.  The TRC is working with seven tribal communities across the country, in both reservation and urban settings. Results of this study will inform potential adaptations to the SWYC for use in tribal settings and will guide recommendations for a potential subsequent study to validate the SWYC for use with American Indian and Alaska Native children. 
 
To learn more about the development of the SWYC and to access free downloadable forms and scoring information, please visit www.theswyc.org. 
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