The Mustard Seed was selected as one of fifty schools to participate in the Healthy Child Care Texas – Social Emotional Development (HCCT-SED) Project funded by the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TXAEYC).  The goal of the HCCT-SED Project is to increase the number of children receiving developmental screening in child care programs for children ages 0 to 5.  This age range is a critical period of child development and a child’s success in school increases the sooner they receive early intervention services.

The Mustard Seed staff attended a 6-hour child development training led by Child Care Health Consultant, Dr. LuzDalia Sanchez, where they learned how to use and administer the Ages and Stages Questionnaires “ASQ”.  The ASQ’s are a children’s developmental and social-emotional screening tool, which helps to identify a child’s areas of strength and areas to foster growth.  The ASQ’s are a collaboration with parents to unlock critical knowledge of their child’s development, enabling teachers to plan developmentally appropriate activities for each of their students. 

The Mustard Seed was honored to be a part of the statewide initiative to improve outcomes for all children and families in Texas by giving children the best start in life.