Child Development (Parents)

 

Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards

Want to know more about how young children explore, create and think? The Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards comprehensive guide contains age-appropriate information and reflections, creating a common framework and language on child development from birth to five years of age. Parents can use the Standards as a guide for tracking their child’s development based on their age. The revision process for the Standards began in the Fall of 2016, with expected implementation of the newly revised Standards to be in the Fall of 2018.

 

The Standards include the following Five Developmental Domains:

  • Physical Development
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Language, Communication, and Emergent Literacy
  • Cognitive Development and General Knowledge

 

Developmental Screening

ELCPBC's Developmental Screening department administers the age-appropriate developmental screenings for each child through our contracted child care providers on a semi-annual basis. Providers are then responsible for communicating to parents/guardians in writing, the results of each screening conducted. We believe that by identifying any developmental delays early on... parents and child care providers can work together to track a child’s progress and ensure any additional services are provided if necessary. For additional details about the Developmental Screening Process, please review the ELCPBC Developmental Screening Manual here.

The School Readiness program requires that all children receiving School Readiness funds ranging in age from birth to five years-old be screened for their growth and development. Because your child’s first five years of life are crucial for his/her development, we want to help provide the best start for your child.

If a concern exists, parents/guardians are given the opportunity to have their child receive a more in-depth, FREE, comprehensive evaluation through a Healthy Beginnings referral to our community partner, HomeSafe. For more information about Healthy Beginnings Referrals and/or other local community resources relating to Special Needs, visit our Early Intervention and Inclusion Department page.

 

To screen your child, please be sure to sign the Consent Form available on our Parent Documents & Forms page. Please consult with your child care provider if you have any questions or need assistance in completing the screenings. Upon completion of the ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE2 questionnaires, please return them with your Consent Form to your child care provider. Providers are then responsible for submitting this information back to ELCPBC's Developmental Screening department each month.

The Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County offers an informational video on the ASQ-3 which discusses what the tool is, how to engage parents in completing the tool in a manner consistent with how and why it was developed.

 

Ages and Stages Questionnaires®, 3rd Edition (ASQ-3)

ELCPBC offers ASQ-3 developmental screenings for children, 2-months to 5-years of age, to identify possible delays in a child’s development. Simple to complete questionnaires are given to the child’s parent/guardian every six months that cover a wide range of skill areas including:

  • Communication – addresses vocalizing, listening and understanding
  • Gross Motor – focuses on arm, body and leg movements
  • Fine Motor – focuses on hand and finger movements
  • Problem Solving – addresses learning and playing with toys
  • Personal-Social – focuses on social play and self-help skills

 

Ages and Stages Questionnaires® Social-Emotional, 2nd Edition (ASQ-SE2)

An important area in a child’s development is the ability to regulate their emotions and manage their social interactions. The ASQ-SE2 is a screening tool which is designed to identify children 3-months through 66-months of age whose social-emotional development may require a further evaluation.

An ASQ-SE2 is completed when a concern has been expressed by either the parent or the child care provider. Simple to complete questionnaires are given to the child’s parent/guardian that address behaviors such as:

  • Self-Regulation - ability to adjust to the environment
  • Compliance - ability to follow rules and directions
  • Affect - ability to demonstrate own feelings
  • Interaction with people – ability to respond appropriately in social situations

Contact Us

 

 

Parents: (561) 514-3300

Providers/Administrative: (561) 214-8000
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Special Notice: If you require Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations to participate in any ELCPBC event or activity, please notify Christie Young, Single Point of Contact, by phone at 561-214-7424 or by email at christie.young@elcpalmbeach.org within at least seven (7) days of the event.  Accommodations will be provided at no extra charge.