(a)  All children enrolled in the NC Pre-K program shall receive a screening assessing the development of each child, across all domains, to ensure the child is growing and developing according to developmental milestones, unless the child has an existing Individualized Education Program (IEP). The developmental screening shall be conducted by a health care, community or school professional trained in administering the screening tool. Children shall be screened within 90 days after the first day of attendance in the program or within six months prior to the first day of attendance. The screenings shall be used for the purpose of identifying children to be referred for further evaluation and testing based on concerns in one or more developmental domains.

(b)  Site-level administrators shall review all developmental screening results and shall share results with families when results indicate a need for further evaluation of the child in one of the domains of development: health and physical, emotional and social, cognitive, language/communication and approaches to play and learning. The site-level administrator will work with the family to contact the local school system's Exceptional Children Program or other qualified resources to determine if a child is eligible for special education, related services or other supports for modifications in the classroom.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 110-85; 110-88; S.L. 2011-145, s. 10.7(a);

Eff. November 1, 2012;

Readopted Eff. October 1, 2017.