Early Childhood Screenings
Early Childhood Special Education Monthly Screenings are held throughout each month that school is in session.
This is an opportunity to see where your child’s skills are in comparison to other children his/her age. Participating in the screening is not an indication that there are serious concerns; rather it is that more information may be needed. At the screening, children are asked to perform tasks that measure development of:
- Cognition (matching, counting, and problem solving)
- Speech and language (how they understand and use language)
- Motor skills (writing, balance, and coordination)
In addition, the school nurse will perform a vision and hearing screening.
Screenings are also used to identify children whose circumstances may qualify them for at-risk services through the Eudora Early Childhood Program preschool. These circumstances, as determined by the state of Kansas, include:
- Qualify for free lunch program
- Single parent household
- SRS referral for preschool participation
- One or both parents were under age 20 when the child was born
- One or both parents lack a high school diploma or GED
- Limited English language skills
- Child qualifies for migrant status
- Delayed developmentally or academically, including cognitive, social, physical, communication, emotional, behavioral and self-help skills
During the screening, each child's parent will meet with a member of the early childhood screening team; this is an opportunity for parents to share details about how the child is developing at home and in social settings.
When the student screening and parent session are complete, the parent will have a short meeting to learn the results of the screenings, and the recommendations of the screening team. If the child qualifies for the preschool, or for further screening, the parent will begin the enrollment process for preschool attendance. If the child does not qualify, the parent will be sent information about being added to the waiting list for peer model openings, as they become available.
Secondly, screenings are used to identify children who may demonstrate a delay. The ECSE program is an early childhood special education program designed to meet the needs of children ages three to six with delays in one or more of the following areas: cognition, speech/language, motor skills, social skills, and/or self-care skills.
Student who qualify for the program in one of the categories of ECSE, at-risk, and peer models are all included in each preschool classroom.
Parental consent is required in order for a child to be screened. The permission form can be downloaded here..
For more information about the Eudora Early Childhood Program preschool, or if you believe your child would benefit from a screening, call the Eudora West Early Childhood Center office at 785-542-4920.