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NOCAC Head Start will conduct, within 45 calendar days of the child’s entry into the program, a developmental screening to identify concerns regarding a child’s developmental, behavioral, motor, language, social, cognitive and emotional skills.



NOCAC Head Start Teachers/Appropriate Staff will:

  1. Use a research-based developmental standardized screening tool:
    1. ESI-R (Early Screening Inventory-Revised) is the screening tool used to screen developmental, motor, language, social, and cognitive skills. (refer to ESI-R Procedure)
  2. As a part of the screening process, additional information from family members will be obtained by:
    1. The DECA (Devereux Early Childhood Assessment) will be completed by the family at the first home visit.
    2. The ASQ3 will be completed by the family at the first home visit.


Hearing and Vision Screening

  1. Hearing Policy
  2. Vision Policy


Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:    1302.33
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:    


Effective Date: Reviewed Date:
Approved By Policy Council: Revision Approved By Policy Council: