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Preschool screening still open

There is still time for children to be screened for the Colorado Preschool Program for qualification into Pueblo School District 70, for the 2014-2015 school year. Students must be screened and determined to qualify for preschool before they can be enrolled.

Children must be 4 years old by June 1 to qualify for the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP). No exceptions are allowed. Children residing in school districts other than District 70 will not be screened.

Children are screened using the Denver II assessment and a parental interview. The assessment and interview helps determine at-risk factors the child may display for a typical 4-year-old. It screens approximately 75 different areas of child development including social, physical and language development.

A numerical score is assigned to each area. Children scoring 20 or higher usually qualify for the District 70 CPP, and others are placed on a waiting list and will be contacted if an opening occurs in the child’s home school.

Parents will receive a letter from Pueblo School District 70 six to eight weeks after the screening process to inform them of the child’s qualification status. Sometimes openings for wait list students do not occur until after school has begun in August.

To be screened for CPP, parents must provide current immunization records, proof of physical residence and a birth certificate.

Remaining screening dates are Feb. 25 and 26. No screenings will be done after those dates. Appointments are required.

For more information, call 489-3882 or 569-0354.

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