The annual preschool screening dates for Pontiac School District 429 will be Feb. 9, 10, and 11 at First Baptist Church, 515 N. Ladd St. in Pontiac. To make an appointment, please call 815-844-5448.
The screening is for children ages birth to 6. All 2 1/2- to 5-year-old children who attend the screening will receive a free storybook in an effort to promote literacy. All preschool and kindergarten age children who attend the screening will be entered in a drawing to win a free ipad.
OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center staff will be present to conduct developmental screenings for children birth to 2 years 9 months.
District 429 early childhood special education and pre-kindergarten teachers will be screening the 2-year 10-months to 4 1/2 year old children not yet age-ready for kindergarten.
Parents of 4 to 5 year-old children, who are eligible for kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year, are encouraged to make an appointment for screening. To be eligible for kindergarten, your child must turn 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2016. Pontiac School District 429 uses screening numbers to project their enrollments for the following year. Children should be screened even if they have been seen by the district screening teams in the past. Students currently enrolled in the pre-kindergarten program and ECSE program do not need to make an appointment for screening. They are screened in the classroom.
All children older than 3 will also have their vision and hearing tested. All children being screened need a certified birth certificate brought to the screening. Those entering kindergarten must have a certified birth certificate on file before school starts in August. A copy may be brought to the screening.
Registration packets will be available in the spring. A date to pick up packets will be advertised by school website.