Community surveys can show, for example, what percentage of children entering Pre-K programs are not on target in terms of their development. This type of screening allows for early identification of challenges, as well as successes. Screening at the age of three provides the opportunity to intervene and have children on their best path as soon as possible. However, just screening is often not enough.
In Rochester, NY, an action plan was developed in 2014 to perform a complete screening of three-year-olds. The objectives of this initiative are to identify needs early and refer those children for proper professional care and intervention. Monitoring of the referred population will be continuous throughout the referral process, up to the time professional services are provided. The screening domains include: vision; hearing; dental; social-emotional health; speech & language; and cognitive development.