Developmental Screening

What is the Program?
 
The best way to help a child achieve developmental milestones is to identify possibe challenges and strategize with the child's family and school early.  The ELC has an inclusion department that deploys Inclusion Specialist into the field to support Providers and families through screeening and identification.  Tools used to identify develoopmental challenges are the ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE screenings.  The purpose of the screening is to ensure a child's developmental progress will be tracked and when necessary proper follow-up will be offered. 
 
Who’s Eligible for Services?
 
All children enrolled in a child care center in Broward County are eligible to participate in this service, inlcuding children enrolled in School Readiness and VPK programs.
 
What are the Steps for Service?
 
Parents of young children receiving financial assistance through School Readiness Funds are reminded of the advantages of early screening and detection of possible developmental concerns.  As part of the enrollment conversation, parents are informed of the initial developmental screening process as a benefit provided to their children. Parents complete the initial screens and/or annual screens (Ages & Stages Questionnaire-3 [ASQ] and Ages & Stages Questionnaire Social-Emotional [ASQ-SE]) with their early education and care provider or can complete the screen themselves.  
 
Note:  Should a parent decline the service and/or identify that their child has been screened elsewhere, providers will receive a copy of the State OEL-SR24 form for the child's file. We strongly encourage parents to participate in the screening process for early detection and intervention support.
 
More Information
 
The ELC's Inclusion Specialist will provide support and guidance to ensure that providers implement screenings for all children at enrollment and annually as required by Rule 6M-4.720.  The ELC will  provide technical assistance and help providers as needed.  For providers needing support please call the Warm Line at (954) 736-4308.
 
For Famiiles needing assistance, please call 2-1-1 or contact Child Find directly at (754) 321-7200.   .