Child Outreach

CHILD OUTREACH is a FREE service offered to ALL children 3 to 5 years old by your local school district in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education.
Child Outreach provides information about your child's development and resources that are available within your community.
Information about your child's development is gathered in two ways:
First, your child will participate for about 45 minutes in game-like activities conducted by trained personnel from the public school system. Second, you will complete simple Family Questionnaires about your child's development as observed at home in everyday activities (such as playing and interacting with others) and his/her basic medical /health history.
Families are involved in every step of the screening process and are always welcome to attend screening activities with their child.

Why should I participate?
Because were in this together families and schools, caring about young children. Families have many questions about their child's growth and development. The Child Outreach Program can help you to understand how your child is doing in five areas of development (vision, hearing, speech/language, fine and gross motor skills, social/emotional skills), and learn ways you can continue to help them grow and develop.

How do I arrange screening for my child?
South Kingstown Child Outreach visits all preschools in the district to offer screening and provides open screening dates on the first Friday of each month from September to May.

Please call 401-360-1231 to arrange appointment.
Child Outreach is located at
1157 South Road in Wakefield, R.I. 02879

What happens after screening?
Screening results are reviewed by professionals from the school system. A summary of the results will be sent to you in the mail within a few weeks. In some cases you will be contacted directly by the district. Generally there are three actions that can take place following screening:
1.You receive a letter reporting that your child's development appears to be progressing along a typical path for his/her age
2.The Outreach Team requests that your child participate in re-screening (taking a second look) in one or more of the areas of development
3.Questions and/or concerns are noted in development that warrant further evaluation to assess a possible need for early intervention services provided at no cost through your school district.
We want to ensure that ALL children are off to a good start before entering kindergarten. The outcome of screening is always a family decision based on the individual needs of your child.

What happens to screening results?
The results of screening are kept confidential, between families and the Child Outreach Program, unless families indicate in writing that they would like the information to be shared with their pediatrician or Early Care and Education program.

When should my child participate in screening?
Much like your well child visit with the pediatrician, children should participate in screening annually, at 3, 4 and 5 years old. Because the activities are based upon what is appropriate for your child's age and experiences at the time of screening, each screening provides families with an up-to-date check on their child's status in vision and hearing, and progress in the developmental areas.
Child Outreach can help identify children who may need further assessment, intervention and/or services at an early age in order to prevent the occurrence of more severe problems later.

Contact Coleen Smith or 360-1231 with any questions.