The Early Childhood Program offered at Baldwin Elementary School is designed to meet the needs of all three and four year olds. There is one all day class for qualifying 4 year olds (limited to 20 students); all other Early Childhood Program classes are half day. There is no enrollment fee for this program; milk and/or transportation fees may be applicable. Spots are reserved in the order the completed applications are received with priority given to child qualifying for an IEP and at-risk students. All students must participate in both an online and in-person developmental screening to apply.
Please complete the Early Childhood Screening Application below along with the two questionnaires linked in Section 4 of the application to begin the application process..
From September to April, online applications are reviewed within 2-3 weeks. Once reviewed, an additional email link is sent from a program called SignUpGenius, that prompts you to select an in-person screening appointment time held on the first Friday of each month (i.e. 09/03/2021 and 10/01/2021).
If you have submitted the application available below, and have NOT received a SignUpGenius link after two weeks of the submission date, please call 785-594-2444. A maximum of 12-15 appointments are available, and slots are filled on a first-come first serve basis. Pending the time of your application you may not have an appointment until the following month.
*Please note that CDC and Douglas County Health Department guidelines are subject to change for the 2021-22 school year; thus, the screening process and requirements are also subject to change.
About the Screenings
A developmental screening is required by law to fulfill the federal “Child Find” requirement. BESPC uses both the online Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) and the in-person Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning-Fourth Edition (DIAL-4) to meet this requirement.
ASQ is recommended by the state of Kansas and is based on parent input. The DIAL-4 is a locally selected screener that gives BESPC’s trained educators the chance to observe developmental skills.
Together they provide a more complete picture of a child in the areas of Language, Gross/Fine Motor, Pre-Academic/Cognitive, Self-Help/Adaptive, and Emotional/Social Skill development. The screenings will help early childhood staff determine if a child demonstrates potential areas of delay or disabilities, or if they are developing typically across these areas.