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Child Outreach is a FREE service offered to ALL Rhode Island Children ages 3, 4 and 5 Years Old and can help identify children who may need further assessment, intervention, and/or services at an early age.

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WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE?

Often, families have questions about their child’s growth and development. Child Outreach can help you understand how your child is progressing and learn ways to continue to support their development.

WHEN SHOULD MY CHILD PARTICIPATE IN SCREENING?

Much like your well-child visit with the pediatrician, children should participate in screening annually at 3, 4, and 5 years old. Because children learn rapidly during these early years, each screening provides families with an up-to-date check on their child’s development.

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WHAT DOES SCREENING INVOLVE?

The screening provides a brief assessment of five areas of development:

  • Vision

  • Hearing

  • Speech and Language Skills

  • Social/Emotional Development

  • General

  • Development, such as gross and fine motor skills, memory, etc.

THE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT IS GATHERED IN 2 WAYS:

FIRST

Your child will participate for about 45 minutes in game-like activities conducted by trained personnel from the public school system. You are always welcome to join your child as they participate in the screening activities.

SECOND

You will complete brief family questionnaires about your child’s health history and development as observed at home in everyday activities.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER SCREENING?

Screening results are reviewed and a summary is sent to you within a few weeks. The summary will include the areas of development that indicate age-appropriate results as well as those that may require a rescreen or follow-up.

Child Outreach wants to ensure that ALL children are off to a good start before entering kindergarten.

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WHAT HAPPENS TO SCREENING RESULTS?

While sharing screening results with your child’s pediatrician and early care and education program is beneficial, no results will be shared without your permission. Confidentiality is always a priority.

WHAT IF MY CHILD SPEAKS AND UNDERSTANDS A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH?

If your child communicates in a language other than English, Child Outreach (CO) makes every effort to screen your child and communicate with you in your dominant language.

Screening is not an assessment of your child’s English language ability, but rather a snapshot of your child’s development. Screening in your child’s dominant language provides the most accurate picture of how your child is growing and learning.

Please notify CO prior to the screening so that a bilingual screener or interpreter can be made available in your primary language.

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HOW DO I ARRANGE A SCREENING FOR MY CHILD?

Screenings are held at the Barrington Barrington Public Library in the Trustee Room located on the second floor.

To arrange a screening please complete the following steps:

  1. Sign up for your screening via Sign Up Genius

  2. You will receive an email from childoutreach@barringtonschools.org. Please be sure to complete the screening packet included in the email BEFORE your screening date.  We can not complete the screening until this paperwork has been completed.

Screenings will take place on the following dates:

October 14, 2022

November 04, 2022

December 02, 202

January 06, 2023

February 03, 2023

March 03, 2023

March 31, 2023

May 05, 2023

June 02, 2023

Screenings offer information about your child’s development and resources that are available within your community to promote positive outcomes in kindergarten and beyond.

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