Evaluations

An evaluation is a process to learn about your child’s growth and learning. It is also used to find out if your child is eligible for Early On. Eligible means your child can receive help from Early On.  An evaluation:

  • Can be done anywhere your family or child spends time (for example, in your home or child care setting).
  • Should work into your family's schedule.
  • Should be at a time and place that is comfortable for your child and family.

Setting-up the evaluation can be a lot of work. Calls need to be made and schedules need to be looked at. It is important to be at the evaluation on the day and time planned. If you need to change the day or time, call your service coordinator first.  He or she can help you let the others on the Early On team know that your appointment has changed.

Your child may be found eligible for Early On. Your family will then receive a written plan that explains everything that will be done while your child and family are involved with the Early On program. It lists what activities, supports, and services are available.

The evaluation may find your child not eligible for Early On. Early On can still help by giving ideas about the next steps to take.

  • One next step might be to contact Early On at a later time. If you still have concerns about your child’s growth and learning, Early On could evaluate your child again.
  • Another next step could be to help get your child other support for his or her growing and learning. Ideas will depend on what is available in your community.
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