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Preschool screenings to begin soon

Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

School districts in the Bi-County Special Education Cooperative will have preschool screenings from February through April.

The purpose of the screenings is to provide parents a measure of their child’s development in areas important to learning. For children with special needs, the cooperative offers a preschool program for youngsters between 3 and 5. Some districts also offer other preschool programs.

Parents who have a child between the ages of 2 years, 7 months, and 5 years, 3 months, as of February, may have them screened.

Children going to the screening must be accompanied by a parent. They will be asked questions about the child’s development, and each child will do activities, such as stacking blocks, drawing, and jumping. The child’s speech, language, vision, and hearing also will be screened.

The screenings are free; call the numbers below to set up an appointment.

The preschool schedule by district is:

Chadwick-Milledgeville: 3-6 p.m. March 6 and 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 7, First Lutheran Church, 19 W. Third St., Chadwick. Call 815-225-7141.

Eastland: 3-6 p.m. March 13 and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 14, Lanark United Methodist Church, 405 E. Locust St. Call 815-493-6301.

Erie: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 13 and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 14 at Erie Elementary School annex building, 616 Sixth Ave. Call 309-659-2239, ext. 2512.

Montmorency-East Coloma: 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-6 p.m. March 20 and 8:30-11 a.m. March 21, Riverdale Preschool Center, 3505 Prophet Road, Rock Falls. Call 815-625-5380.

Morrison: 8 a.m.-noon and 3:15-6:15 p.m. Feb. 26 and March 26 and 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 15, Northside Elementary School, 520 N. Genesee St.; full day, Feb. 18 Morrison Preschool, Morrison United Methodist Church, 200 W. Lincolnway; morning only, March 3 Morrison Day Care, First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Lincolnway; and March 18 Headstart, 11429 Ward Road, Morrison. Call 815-772-2153.

Prophetstown-Lyndon: 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. March 28, First Congregational Church, 218 E. Third St., Prophetstown. Call 815-537-2345.

River Bend: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. April 8 and 10, Fulton Presbyterian Church, 311 N. Ninth St. Call 815-589-2309.

Rock Falls: 1-7 p.m. April 15 and 16, Riverdale Preschool Center, 3505 Prophet Road, Rock Falls. Call 815-625-5380.

Sterling: 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m. March 14 and 28, Wallace Education Center gym, 506 W. Fourth St. Call 815-625-5755. By appointment only.

Tampico: 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. March 28, Tampico Elementary School, 304 E. Kimball St. Call 815-438-2255.

For information about Bi-County Special Education Cooperative, call 815-622-0858.

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