Developmental Screening for School Readiness Children
Once a child is enrolled in the School Readiness (SR) Program, they will begin receiving periodic developmental screenings through their child care provider. the screenings used help to check a child’s general development. The results help determine if a child’s development is on schedule. Evidence shows that the earlier development is assessed—the greater the chance a child has to reach his or her potential.
Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)
The ASQ is a screening of the child’s current developmental skills at that moment in time and serves as an indicator for potential delays for further screening and evaluations. It is provided to the child care provider for any School Readiness funded child enrolled in their care who is “due” to have a screening each month.
Each child is screened within the first 45 days of enrolling into care. Subsequently, a child will be screened annually on or around their birthday. Some children are screened more often if indicated by the parent or child care provider.
Once a month, providers will be sent a “face sheet” indicating which child is due to have an ASQ that month. The provider will log into the Provider Portal and complete the ASQ. The Coalition will retrieve the ASQ for scoring and tracking.
The ASQ screens the child’s development in (5) areas typical for each age:
Gross Motor skills
Fine Motor skills
Children whose scores indicate concerns in any area are discussed with the child care provider and the parent by trained developmental specialists. The point of the discussion is to gather additional information from the adults in the child’s life to determine if further evaluation is needed to help the child reach developmental goals.
Social Emotional ASQ’s (ASQ-SE)
ASQ-SE’s are also available to screen children when there are concerns about their behavior, emotions, or social skills. The ASQ:SE can be accessed by a parent or child care provider through the Coalition at no cost. The ASQ-SE is recommended when a child is having difficulty managing or expressing their emotions, exhibiting challenging behaviors, or problems relating to their peers or adults in a way that is typical for their age. Trained developmental staff in the Coalition can interpret results and refer families for additional services as needed.
For more information about ASQ’s or ASQ-SE’s, please contact Kelley Miller at 727-400-4454 or email@example.com.
Florida’s Office of Early Learning