VICA supports Assembly Bill 1004 (McCarty), which would improve developmental screenings for children 0 to 3 years of age, provided as part of the Early and Periodic Screening,
Diagnostic and Treatment benefit under
Approximately 85 percent of brain
development occurs in the first three years of life, during which young minds develop the foundation for lifelong learning, behavior, and health. However, while roughly 25 percent of young children are at risk for developmental delays, 70 percent of children will go through kindergarten with those delays remaining undetected.
AB 1004 would increase early identification of developmental delays or disorders among these young children, helping to create a more stable and supportive environment for every child's needs.