Early Childhood Screening involves testing children between the ages of 3 and 5 in basic health and developmental areas including hearing, vision, coordination, speech, cognitive development, and social and emotional skills. The screening's purpose is to identify health, developmental and/or other factors that may interfere with a child's learning, growth and development. Early childhood screening is an essential component of health supervision and provides a foundation for monitoring and supporting healthy physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development.
As creening, not a diagnosis. Screening is always the first step in the assessment process--it does not provide enough information to identify children as needing special education services.
Screening helps identify children who may have possible health and developmental problems that may need some extra support before they start school.