Child Outreach Screening

What is Child Outreach?

Child Outreach is a free screening offered to ALL Rhode Island children ages 3, 4 and 5. The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education strongly recommend children be screened each year to determine their developmental status. A Child Outreach screening can help identify children who may need further assessment, intervention and/or services at an early age.


Why should I participate?

Families often have questions about their child’s growth and development. A Child Outreach screening can help you understand how your child is progressing and learn ways to continue to support their development.


What does the screening involve?

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

  • Vision

  • Hearing

  • Speech and Language Skills

  • Social/Emotional Development

  • General

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

When should my child participate in a screening?

Children should participate in screening annually at 3, 4, and 5 years old. Since children learn rapidly during these early years, each annual screening provides families with an up-to-date check on their child’s development.


What if my child speaks and understands another language other than English?

If your child communicates in a language other than English, East Greenwich school district 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.


What happens after a screening?

Screening results are reviewed and a summary 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.


What happens to the screening results?

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


Location

East Greenwich families who have preschool aged children 3 to 5 years old are invited to attend our free developmental screenings. Screenings take place at Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School, 2 Chestnut Drive, East Greenwich, RI 02818

Appointment

To schedule a screening, please fill out the Child Outreach form and the Preschool Coordinator will contact you to setup an appointment.