If your child is between the ages of 2 years (by September 30) and 5 years (and is not kindergarten eligible), and you have a concern about your child’s development, contact the Preschool Child Find Office to schedule a screening appointment.
A screening appointment is scheduled and the parent provides written consent to screen the child.
At the time of the screening parents must provide:
1.The child’s birth certificate.
2. Three Proofs of Residency.
*Required: Deed/Contract or Rental
*Two other proofs of residency may
When the child is screened, information is collected and discussed with the parents at the screening appointment.
- Virginia Driver’s License,
- Vehicle Registration, Utility Bill,
- Voter Registration, other Bill or
- Document with name and address.
A developmental screening is a brief assessment to determine if a child is functioning at the level he or she should, for their age, in the following areas of development:
The screening is completed by an early childhood special education teacher. This person has special training in working with young children who have special education needs. During the screening, the teacher will be engaging your child in different activities. Some of the skills the teacher will be looking for include: how well your child listens and follows directions, how well your child can talk/pronounce sounds, how your child moves, how your child works with their hands, matching skills, identifying colors, and answering simple questions. The teacher will also have to ask you questions about how your child relates to adults and other children. Questions will be based on the age of your child.
- personal/social skills,
- adaptive/self-help skills,
- motor skills,
- communication skills, and
- cognitive skills.
The results of the developmental screening are given to the Intervention Team who makes a recommendation based on the results.
Based on the results of the screening, the following recommendations may occur:
1. Further evaluation, parental consent will be requested.
2. Rescreening at a specified age to monitor progress.
3. An observation in the natural environment.
4. An Intervention Plan be developed and monitored.
5. No further action, screening results are age appropriate.
If an evaluation is recommended, and consent is obtained from the parent, the child is evaluated by the appropriate preschool special education staff members. The Eligibility Team meets to discuss the evaluation results and determine if the child is eligible for special education services. If the child is found eligible, the IEP Team will meet to develop goals and discuss delivery of special education services.
How long will it take to get services for my child?
When a child is referred for further evaluation due to developmental concerns, the process is as follows:
The child is evaluated by the educational professionals deemed appropriate to assess the child's needs.