- Monthly screenings take place during the school year.
- Parents contact the school district to make an appointment.
- Because children develop at different stages, the screening provides initial information about whether children are developing at a typical rate or not.
- Some differences may indicate a slight delay and others may be cause for further evaluation due to more significant needs.
- The 45-minute screening is conducted by trained personnel. Areas of cause include speech and communication, coordination, cognitive (thinking), self help, and social interactions.
- Screening is the first step to determining if a child’s delays may qualify them for enrollment in the district’s developmental preschool program.
- With parent consent, if a child qualifies for further evaluation, the parent/guardian and child meet with the preschool evaluation team.
- If the child qualifies for the services, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is created.
- The child can now be enrolled in the developmental preschool program.
Overview of the Developmental Preschool Program
The program provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum for children three through five years old that have significant developmental delays. Our program provides a rich, activity-based preschool learning environment in order to meet the individual needs of all the enrolled children, Children learn and practice skills in all areas through large and small group participation, activity centers, and child-directed play. The goal is to build upon the strengths and capabilities of our students. We believe that children are more alike than they are different and they learn a great deal form watching and interacting with one another.