Once a child is enrolled in the School Readiness (SR) Program, they will begin receiving developmental screenings through their child care provider. The screenings are called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). They are 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. 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 investigation and evaluation.
Children birth to five years old are screened within the first 45 days of initial enrollment and annually on the child's birthday. Some children are screened more often if indicated by the parent or child care provider.
Each School Readiness provider has received an ASQ master kit for every age available. Providers may receive packets twice a month that includes a "face sheet" for each child due to be screened, a Scantron sheet and postage paid envelope that must be submitted by the deadline indicated on the face sheet.
- ASQ packets may be sent to providers twice a month.
- ASQ packets received around the 15th of the month are for first time SR Scholarship recipients enrolled* in care during the first two weeks of the month.
- ASQ packets received around the 30th of the month are for first time SR Scholarship recipients enrolled* in care during the last two weeks of the month and any birthdays that occurred during that month.
- Due dates are posted in bold at the top of each face sheet. Providers have approximately 30 days to complete each ASQ.
Just a few important reminders:
- Follow the marking instructions on the bottom right corner of the Scantron form.
- Please use a pencil only.
- Do not staple the forms together.
- Administer the proper ASQ by following the instructions directly under the child's name and date of birth on the front of the Scantron form.
*Please note only new children receiving SR scholarships will receive an ASQ screening during their first month in subsidized care. SR children transferring to a new provider will not be screened upon enrollment.
The ASQ screens the child's development in (5) areas typical for each age:
- Communication skills
- Gross Motor skills
- Fine Motor skills
- Problem-Solving skills
- Personal-Social skills
Children whose scores indicate concerns in any area are discussed with the child care provider and the parent by trained developmental specialists employed in the Quality Services Department. 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 are also available to screen children when there are concerns about their behavior, emotions, or social skills. The Social Emotional ASQ or 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.
The ASQ:SE can be accessed by contacting the Coalition directly. It is considered best practice to complete both a developmental ASQ and an ASQ:SE to compare the results. Trained developmental staff in the Coalition can interpret results and refer families for additional services as needed.
Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, Inc.
Phone: (727) 548-1439 • Fax (727) 548-1509