The first three years of life are critical to a child’s later success in school and to healthy child development. Unfortunately, many low-income children served by Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program do not receive important developmental services during these early years. Medicaid health plans are challenged to design programs that effectively engage providers and members. Measuring the adequacy of these programs is difficult since the services are typically bundled with other preventive care services.

This Enhancing Early Child Development in Medicaid Managed Care BCAP workgroup sought new strategies to deliver child development assessments more effectively. Workgroup participants developed comprehensive programs to identify children in need of child development services, establish methods to classify developmental needs of children in the target population, conduct outreach activities to children and their families, and design coordinated programs to supplement medical services, e.g. home visitation to new mothers.


  • ABC Health Plan of New York, New York
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Tennessee
  • Community CARE of Louisiana, Louisiana
  • DC Chartered Health Plan, District of Columbia
  • Health Plus, New York
  • Lovelace of New Mexico, New Mexico
  • Managed Health Services of Wisconsin, Wisconsin
  • Missouri Care, Missouri
  • Molina Healthcare of Michigan, Michigan
  • Network Health, Massachusetts
  • Virginia Premier Health Plan, Virginia