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Education

Downers Grove District 58 to offer preschool, developmental screenings

DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove Grade School District 58 will offer several free preschool and developmental screenings designed to identify young children who might have developmental delays and would benefit from special education prior to beginning kindergarten.

Screenings also can identify children whose future academic success might be at risk because of environmental, cultural or socio-economic factors, according to a District 58 news release.

The district provides both traditional preschool screenings for children 3 to 5 years old, as well as developmental screenings for children birth through 3 years old. All children must reside within District 58 boundaries to be eligible for a screening, the release stated.

District 58 encourages parents to make a screening appointment if they plan to enroll their child in the district’s Grove Children’s Preschool program. In addition, parents interested in applying for a tuition waiver via the program’s Preschool for All grant are required to have their child complete a preschool screening, according to the release. To request a screening, call the district office at 630-719-5800.

District 58 conducts its screening process in a two-stage format.

After parents call the district office to confirm residency and request a screening, the district will mail home a screening packet, which includes a family questionnaire and an Ages and Stages assessment form. Parents complete the packet and mail it to Indian Trail School in the self-addressed stamped envelope provided. A team member will contact family members to discuss their child’s results. If the results indicate further inquiry, children will be asked to participate in stage two of the screening process.

The 2018-19 stage two screenings will take place from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20, Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Jan. 18, Feb. 11 and April 8 at Henry Puffer School, 2220 Haddow Ave.

Children will be assigned a specific time and date. Parents must bring their child’s original birth certificate, a photo ID with current address and two qualifying forms to demonstrate residency.

Staff will assess a child's development in the following areas: speech/language, cognitive/pre-academic, self-help/independent living, fine motor, gross motor, vision/hearing and social/emotional/behavior skills. This entire process takes as long as 90 minutes.

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