Child Development (Providers)


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 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-approrpriate 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 a child’s first five years of life are crucial for his/her development, we want to help provide the best start to their life.

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.

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

As of May 2017, ELCPBC is now using the new Ages & Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional, 2nd Edition (ASQ-SE2). The ASQ-SE, 1st Edition is no longer valid to submit in your screening packet beginning May 2017. Please review the training at the link provided here and see the flyer above for more details on how to get a FREE ASQ-SE2 Kit after completing the training!


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Return Completed Developmental Screening Forms To:

Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc.
Attn: Developmental Screening/Early Intervention Department
2300 High Ridge Road, Suite 115, Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

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Accessibility Statement

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 within at least seven (7) days of the event.  Accommodations will be provided at no extra charge.