ELIZABETH, NJ – Children ages one to five years old are eligible for free early childhood developmental screenings on March 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Jefferson Park Preschool, 485 Madison Avenue, offered by Children’s Specialized Hospital. 

Experts from the hospital will provide free, quick developmental screenings in English or Spanish old and share resources with parents about early childhood development.  This community service is made possible by the Kohl’s Autism Awareness Program at Children’s Specialized Hospital through Kohl’s Cares. Each screening will include an interactive questionnaire and conversation between parent(s), child and Children's Specialized Hospital staff.

According to Children’s Specialized Hospital, early identification of young children who have developmental delays is key to a timely delivery of intervention services.  This screening is the first step in obtaining needed services for young children. Educational materials will be available for families as to what to expect from their children at different ages. 

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“Children’s Specialized Hospital is committed to early diagnosis of children who may have developmental issues,” said Jill Harris, PhD, director of program development. “As part of that commitment, we are the only area hospital providing free community screenings to help identify young children who may have developmental delays requiring intervention to help them reach their full potential.”

For more information or to register, call 1-888-CHILDREN ext. 5498 or email anorton@childrens-specialized.org or visit: http://www.childrens-specialized.org/events/early-developmental-screening-program-2016-03-16