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  • Screening Information

    District 34 has an Early Childhood Assessment Team (ECAT) to provide screenings for age eligible children that live within district boundaries.  This screening process determines eligibility for pre-kindergarten classroom placement and/or other District 34 services.

    There are 2 types of screenings:

    1. Preschool for All Screening- These screenings occur on scheduled days throughout the year.  At this type of screening, the ECAT team uses the DIAL-4 assessment tool, a parent interview is completed, and a hearing & vision screening is completed.  This screening is recommended for students age 3-5 years, who are interested in eligibility/placement in one of our state grant funded preschool for all classrooms.  Special education concerns can also be identified at this type of screening.

    2. Special Education Screening- These screenings occur on an as needed basis.  At this type of screening, the ECAT team uses the DIAL-4 assessment tool in conjunction with alternative screening measures (as needed.)  A hearing and vision screening is not initially assessed and there is no parent interview.  This screening is recommended for students age 2 years 10 months- 5 years who are only concerned with special education needs.  State grant funded preschool for all classroom eligibility/placement is not determined.

    For additional information about scheduling a pre-kindergarten screening, pre-kindergarten programs, Early Intervention Referrals, or ECAT, please click on the corresponding link in the upper left margin of the screen.