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

Tribal Early Childhood Research Center

The Survey of Well-Being of Young Children (SWYC; is a freely available brief parent report early developmental screening measure for use between 2 and 60 months of age. It screens for social-emotional, motor, cognitive and language delays, as well as autism and family risk (including parent mental health concerns, substance use, food insecurity, and family violence). Three years ago the TRC SWYC CoL designed and carried out a study of the promise and fit of the SWYC in tribal early childhood contexts such as pediatric primary care, Head Start, Home Visiting, and Child Care. The SWYC was enthusiastically reviewed given its brevity, availability for free, comprehensiveness, and ease of interpretation – however, concerns were raised about the fit of specific questions in tribal contexts, focus on problems, and need for careful consideration of how the information would be used in light of often limited developmental services for young children. The findings of the SWYC tribal feasibility study are published in an article in the Infant Mental Health Journal, which has been shared broadly with the tribal partners involved in this work. Building on the findings from this study, the TRC contributed tribally-relevant guidelines for inclusion in the SWYC manual published by the SWYC developers, Ellen Perrin and Chris Sheldrick at Tufts University, in March, 2016. The SWYC manual is available at

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