Free 1 Before 2 Developmental Screenings for Early Intervention
Ninety percent of a child's brain develops before the age of five. Infants are born into this world with their brain primed to learn. But they cannot do it alone.
Studies show this is your window of opportunity to make a significant difference in the life of your infant or toddler, and it’s free of charge! Measuring your child’s developmental milestones is as easy as scheduling a free developmental screening for your child with a knowledgeable, supportive team of caring professionals at your nearest child development services center.Your child needs at least one developmental screening before the age of two, and another before the age of five. Early screenings are essential for successful early interventions.
Infants and Toddlers (Part C)As parents we all notice things like how soon our baby smiles, sits up, rolls over, walks, talks, etc. Wyoming’s system for providing early childhood intervention services to infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities, birth through two years of age, is Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
3 to 5 year old children (Part B) who are in developmental preschool programs, are better prepared to learn before transitioning into kindergarten. Across the State of Wyoming, child development centers offer free screenings for children from birth through age five. Many children are on track, but if they need help, the professionals at your local early development center will work with you to create a plan to get your child where he or she needs to be.
Many parents wait until their children enter school to have them screened. That may be too late. By then, a great opportunity for early intervention and learning may have already been missed.
So, click on the blue button to find the number of the nearest center and make an appointment for your child today. The screening is a painless procedure that could improve your child's life forever. All developmental services are free, so the only thing you cannot afford to do is wait.
What Can I expect when my child is screened?
A team of friendly, highly qualified staff trained in eligibility testing for very young children will meet with you and your child. You will be informed every step of the process.
How do parents know to have their child screened for delays and disabilities?
The State of Wyoming and the Federal Government provide a limited amount of funding for an annual “Child Find” public education campaign; however advertising isn’t as effective as word of mouth. Grandparents, Pediatricians, and local school districts can ask for or have information on screenings. In 2014the fourteen regional preschools screened over 9,392 children in WY.
About the Staff Who Screen and Teach Your Children:
All staff in Early Intervention Education Programs (EIEP) must meet Department of Education Certification. Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists are licensed. School districts require professionals just like ours to work with children after they enter kindergarten. Our intent is to prepare children for kindergarten using the best staff and educational tools. Some may no longer need services by then, others may need less help.
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