The Early Screening Task Force of Prevention Works! developed a delivery model for a voluntary, free and universal screening program of preschool children for social, emotional and behavioral session between the screener and parent after the child is a) screened via the administration of standardized developmental tasks and b) the parents complete several parenting questionnaires. It is a non-threatening way for parents to receive information about their child’s development, learn relevant parenting tips and receive information about community resources and referrals. It is offered free to any family whose child age is eighteen months through six years old. Any parent or child guardian in Clallam County can request a screening. Most parents use Child Check √ as an easy way to learn more about both their child and their parenting. Some parents have concerns about their child’s development. If concerns are identified, referral resources and parent coaching are available for further help. A Parent Resource Notebook is offered to all participating families and each child receives a free book. Contact LCSNW, Port Angeles, to schedule a free screening for your child. https://lcsnw.org/program/clallam-county-services/ or call 360-452-5437,
The Prevention Works! Early Identification Task Force consists of a group of professional early educators, health and social service providers and parents who meet regularly to advise LCSNW staff about Child Check √ and to encourage the development of additional community resources for young children with a variety of problems.
GOALS of the PW! Early Screening / Child Check√ Task Force
- Continue to expand Child Check √ capacity to screen children, provide parent coaching and resource and referral information to Clallam County families. Our ultimate goal is to eventually offer screening to every child within the 18 months to 6 years age range, making Child Check√ a universal early learning tool.
- Expand awareness of Child Check √ among all licensed child care providers and primary health care providers in the county.
- Conduct a public awareness campaign to alert parents to this free screening service.
- Continue to work through the Forks school District and the ECAP program to provide Child Check √ screenings to 18-month old to 3 year old children in West End Hispanic communities.
- Participate with the County Health Department in publishing a guide to all options for screening of young children in Clallam County.
- Work with Superintendents and Principals of public and private schools in our county to promote Kindergarten Readiness among our preschool children.
- Continue to identify gaps in services to families and advocate for the creation of additional parenting education resources and additional professional intervention resources for young children and their parents.