How do young children explore, create and think? Florida’s 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 Standards are divided into two sets: Florida’s Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Birth to Four Years of Age and the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four Year Old’s.
Both Sets of Standards include the following Five Developmental Domains:
Developmental Screening is defined as “a short test to tell if a child is learning basic skills when he or she should, or if there are delays,” per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Research shows that the first five years of a child’s life are critical for his or her development. Florida law requires all children, ranging in age from birth to five years of age, who are enrolled in school readiness programs to be provided with the opportunity to receive developmental screenings free of charge if their parent/guardian provides consent. The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc. (ELCPBC) also offers FREE developmental screenings to all children who are enrolled within a licensed child care provider.
The goal of the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc. (ELCPBC) Developmental Screening Department is early detection of physical and/or learning challenges to ensure all of Palm Beach County’s children are ready to succeed in school and life. ELCPBC’s Developmental Screening department administers the age-appropriate developmental screenings for each child through our contracted child care providers on a semiannual basis. Providers are then responsible for communicating to parents/guardians in writing, the results of each screening conducted.
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. 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.
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Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County
Attn: Developmental Screening/Early Intervention Department
2300 High Ridge Road, Suite 115
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426
As part of our Developmental Screening process, the ELCPBC utilizes the parent-completed tool: Ages and Stages Questionnaire, Third Edition (ASQ-3), to track each child’s development in the areas of communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal-social. ELCPBC also utilizes the Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ-SE2) to track each child’s social-emotional development in the areas of self-regulation, compliance, social-communication, adaptive functioning, autonomy, affect, and interaction with people. The Ages and Stages Questionnaires are comprehensive, research-based screening/monitoring tools and are designed to be completed by parents/guardians at any point for a child between 1 month and 5 1/2 years of age.
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.
For more information about ELCPBC's Developmental Screening Process, please see the ELCPBC Screening Manual here (Updated January 2017).