What is this study about?

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, as part of a comprehensive multi-ministry strategy supporting children and youth with special needs to get the timely and effective services they need, the Advancements in Resources for Child Development (ARCH) is grounded in strong understanding of child development and how children learn.

The ARCH Project moves the developmental screening process from a conventional screening approach to a process of developmental support during which “temperatures” to assess developmental progress are taken at multiple times.

Founded on the premise that understanding development in early childhood ideally is based on “many eyes, many measures, many times and many situations”, the project’s screening process will support global development and well-being of children from birth to age six (inclusive), providing resources and supports so trained providers are able to:

    • Partner with and support families to build a shared understanding of their child’s development and how to support development; and
    • Measure “developmental temperature” in order to match support that a child may need to the temperature (e.g., continued engagement with the family, provision of resources and reassessment at a later time, referral)


Project work is to be completed in three phases:

    • Phase 1 (2014-2015): Development of a prototype resource. The resource will be assembled uniquely and importantly in a way that will allow providers and parents to look at all part of a child’s development over time;
    • Phase 2 and 3 (2015-2016): Revision of resources informed by implementation at selected sites; and
    • Phase 4 (late 2016-2017): Preparation for provincial implementation including training for providers.

How do I get more information about the ARCH study?

Please contact Dr. John Cairney, INCH Director, at 905-525-9140 x28506 or;

Dr. Kalpana Nair, Research Associate, at 905-525-9140 x28527 or; or

Heather Clark, Research Associate at

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