It is that time of year again. If your child will be turning 5 on or before Sept. 30 it is time to start thinking about kindergarten screening.
Kindergarten screening is not a judgment of your parenting skills; it is simply the first time that the school system will have to assess your child. Early screening allows the school to help you prepare your child for kindergarten before classes begin. School officials will be able to note skills your child should work on over the summer. It also helps to identify special needs, problems, or abilities early on so that the school can prepare for the coming year.
There are several items you will need to bring to the screening. You will need your child's birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization record and custody papers if applicable. These items will be copied to put into your child's school file.
This will be a special day for your child. It is the beginning of a special relationship between your family and your child's school. Take this opportunity to celebrate all that your child has accomplished as a preschooler and help to prepare them for the transition into elementary school.
To schedule an appointment to have your child screened contact the school district where your child will be attending Kindergarten. The Norwalk Catholic School Early Childhood Center will be conducting screening on April 2 and 3. Appointments can be made by calling the Early Childhood Center at (419) 668-8480.
Amy Hurst is director of the Early Childhood Center.