February, 2014    

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Upcoming Events
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ECHO Initiative 
Links to Recorded Webinars

If you've missed any of our previous webinars, you can now click on the links below to watch a recorded
version of these webinars:

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Next ECHO Initiative
Live Webinars

If you would like to participate in a live webinar, the ECHO Initiative will be offering both our Introductory and Follow-up webinars in March.  Please click on the links below to register:

Thursday, March 6th  
12:00 p.m. EST

Plan to join us to 
get acquainted with OAE screening and learn about establishing an effective
hearing screening protocol
for your program


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Friday, March 7th
12:00 p.m. EST

Please plan to join us for an opportunity to re-examine effective OAE program practices and to reflect on your own OAE screening experience.

New to 
OAE Screening? 

If your program is new to OAE screening,  
or if you have added new staff who need  
instruction on OAE 
screening practices,  
visit our 
 where staff can view instructional video  
modules and access the corresponding 

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 Probes and Tips 

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Tip of the Month
Fulfill Head Start Hearing Screening Performance Standards   

Since 2001, the Office of Head Start has funded the  ECHO Initiative to provide Early Head Start grantees and delegates with training and technical ChildBeingScreenedassistance to implement up-to-date hearing screening and follow-up practices with children 0 - 3 years of age.  One aspect of that is helping staff to become aware of relevant Head Start Performance Standards, including:  

  • Grantees or delegate agencies must provide for hearing screening of all children within 45days of a child's entry into the program, (45 CFR 1304.2), and...
  • The disabilities coordinator at each program must arrange for further, formal evaluation of a child who has been identified through screening as possibly having a disability (45 CFR 1308.6).

Additional policy clarifications suggest that:  

  • A sensory screening tool must be used to identify potential hearing concerns rather than a paper screening tool (OHS-PC-B-025).

Also, because objective hearing screenings are rarely conducted by health care providers, it may be more: 

  • Efficient and effective for programs to provide uniform screening for all children using objective screening instruments (OHS-PC-B-038).

OAE screening is recognized by the Office of Head Start as satisfying the Performance Standards and as the appropriate tool to use with children under three years of age being served in early childhood care settings.  Watch a short, 5-minute video reviewing Performance Standards related to hearing screening to learn more:    


Fulfilling the Performance Standards by providing evidence-based hearing screening can make a "sound difference" in young children's language development and school readiness!!

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Probes and Tips is a newsletter from the ECHO Initiative that provides monthly TIPS

to enhance early childhood hearing screening and follow-up practices and PROBES

 about current activities so we can learn from one another's successes and challenges.