Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD)

Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties


Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties
2500 Blue Ridge Road
Suite 330
Raleigh, NC 27607


(919) 783-0404

ABCD is an evidence-informed intervention and nationally-recognized model that trains pediatric primary care physicians and their staff to perform routine developmental and autism-specific screenings and connects children ages birth to 5 years old with specialized therapies and other early intervention services.

In addition to training practice staff to perform the screenings, our specially trained ABCD Coordinators work with practices to incorporate a sustainable screening and referral process within the practice’s daily workflow.

Key Elements:

  • Introduction and integration of standardized, validated screening tools (ASQ:3, PEDS, PES:DM, M-CHAT)
  • Training and ongoing technical assistance to medical practices
  • Assistance with information to educate families about child development
  • Assistance in how to discuss children’s screening results with caregivers
  • Building providers’ knowledge of local referral agencies
  • Periodic chart reviews to support medical practices to develop processes for tracking referral cases and encourage collaboration with community partners to ensure follow-up

If you’re a pediatric primary care physician interested in learning more about ABCD, please contact Michele Guyader at Community Care of Wake/Johnston Counties.


ABCD is funded by Wake County Smart Start and managed by Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties (CCWJC). CCWJC is one of the 14 Community Care of North Carolina networks across the state. Its network is made strong by active participation among their primary care providers, hospitals, public health agencies, mental health providers, social service agencies, and community partners.

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