Early Childhood Education Screening
During the preschool years, parents often wonder if their child’s development is typical to same age peers. Developmental screenings are designed to address those concerns and help parents learn more about their child’s skills. The screenings are completed in two phases. The first is a paper-based screening completed by the caregiver. The district uses a screening tool called Ages and Stages and looks at the following areas:
- Gross Motor
- Fine Motor
The information is reviewed by the EC screening team. Following team review, an in-person screening would be a follow up for children whose screening information indicated an area(s) of concern. In-person screenings are conducted by a team of District Educators and Specialists.
- Children up to 32 months are eligible for an Early Intervention screening.
- Children 33 months to 5 years of age are eligible for an Early Childhood screening.
Each of the screenings is by appointment (call 630-937-8000). Prior to scheduling, the following is required to be completed and turned into the Early Childhood Center:
2. Your child’s original county-issue birth certificate (will be photocopied and returned to you)
6. Initial Intake Form so we may better understand what you are interested in for your child
Screenings take place at Alice Gustafson Elementary School (main entrance is on the west side of the building).
▪ Infant and Toddler Early Intervention Screening Schedule (Birth to 32 months)
Batavia Public Schools works very closely with Day One Network, Inc. (Child & Family Connections #4 or CFC) to become aware of children who may qualify for Early Childhood’s programs. Focusing on the special needs of children who are not yet three years old, Day One Network houses the Early Intervention (EI) program that serves our district. Beginning with an initial phone call from district residents who have concerns for their children, ages birth-32 months, the program has the potential of addressing those areas of development that may concern parents.
Infant and toddler screening is available on a walk-in basis from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on screening dates and are held at Alice Gustafson Elementary School located at 905 Carlisle Road in Batavia (the main entrance is located west side).
Once children approach their third birthday, the Early Childhood staff initiates the transition process. The value of the Early Intervention program is the opportunity to determine needs, set goals, and start working to help the students at the earliest possible time.
▪ Early Childhood Screening Schedule (33 months to age 5)
An Early Childhood screening assesses the development of children who are 33 months to five years of age in the areas of:
• Fine Motor
• Gross Motor
The screening takes approximately one hour to complete. After the screening, parents have the opportunity to discuss the results of the screening as well as any concerns about their child, with a member of the screening team.
Throughout the year, the Early Childhood Center works with families to address any developmental concerns in the areas of speech and language, gross or fine motor, social, or pre-academic that a parent might have.
During this Covid-19 pandemic, BPS wishes to encourage parents to call when concerns arise because the EC screening team works and communicates with families whenever they reach out to the program to identify if a child has any areas of concern. Our screening process starts with a paper screener called the ASQ and can be sent to parents after they have contacted the EC Program.
Cindy Rodriguez at AGS/ECC will help you navigate your way through the current screening process. Please contact her either by email at Cindy.Rodriguez@bps101.net or by calling her at 630-937-8000.