How Does a District Advisory Council Determine Eligibility?
District advisory councils can define and expand the list of risk factors in their community. However, in doing so, those district advisory councils must be able to clearly demonstrate how those risk factors affect a child’s ability to be successful in school.
Programs must be able to provide justification in all of the children’s files for funding children through CPP.
Multiple methods should be used to determine a child’s eligibility, and qualified personnel should conduct all assessments. These comprehensive assessments should include a combination of approaches, such as:
- parent interviews
- observations of children in natural settings
- collection of demographic data
- standardized developmental screenings
- vision and hearing screenings
Many communities use the same screening tools for all children. Then they use the results to determine eligibility for a variety programs, such as CPP, Title I, and Head Start. A good screening process will also identify children who should be referred to Child Find for possible evaluation.
District advisory councils should use the information gathered through their child screening process, as well as any other sources available, to determine which risk factors are present in their community and are having the greatest effect on young children and their families.
Results from the screening, paired with observation data and family input, can also be used to develop an individual learning plan for each child.
If you need samples of other district's eligibility forms, please contact your regional consultant.
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