What is the Program? The best way to help a child overcome developmental obstacles is to identify and treat them early. The primary goal of ELC’s developmental screening program is to ensure that children receiving financial assistance from School Readiness funds are screened within the first 45 days of enrollment, followed annually, and linked with appropriate services and supports.
Who’s Eligible for Services? All children whose families participate in School Readiness supported services through ELC’s contract with Family Central, Inc.
What are the Steps for Service? Parents of young children receiving financial assistance through School Readiness Funds are asked at the time of acceptance into services, to provide consent to have their child screened using research-based, age-appropriate screening tools. The first screening is conducted by trained professionals at the child’s early care and education provider’s site, within their first 45 days of school. If a developmental concern is detected the Developmental Screening Specialist then administers a second screening. If the Specialist detects a concern with the second screening, parents are consulted and children are referred to ChildFind, administered by the Broward County Public Schools, for a full developmental assessment. If ChildFind confirms a developmental delay, parents are consulted and therapeutic interventions are planned. Upon completion of therapy, children are then evaluated and/or screened again to monitor their improvements.
For More Information: Please call Resource, Referral and Family Education and Supports at (954) 724-4609.