Programs within CYSHN

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Birth Defects Monitoring and Analysis Program

The Birth Defects Monitoring and Analysis Program gathers data about selected birth defects diagnosed in the first year of life, estimated to affect over 2,000 babies born in Minnesota each year.

Follow Along Program

The Follow Along Program is a statewide, child find activity that supports young children who are at–risk for experiencing developmental delays.

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program

The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program works to improve access to and quality of services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. All children with a hearing loss should receive the care they need, when they need it. The EHDI program works with birth hospitals and midwives to make sure that all newborns have access to hearing screening. Newborns who do not pass their hearing screening need to see a doctor to find out if they have a hearing loss. EHDI helps to make sure this testing takes place. The EHDI program also helps families of children with hearing loss connect with educational, social, and community resources.

Early Intervention Program

The Early Childhood Intervention System – Help Me Grow – includes two programs: the Infant and Toddler Intervention services support children birth to age three and their families; and, the Preschool Special Education services support the educational needs of children ages three to five years.

Newborn & Child Follow–Up

Newborn & Child Follow–Up builds the capacity of systems that serve families of children and youth with special health needs who are identified through newborn screening.


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