Early Childhood Application and Screening

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.
 
Caricatures of children holding the letters in preschool. Click to access preschool application
*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.