All children at Jack & Jill are screened with several different tools within the first 45 days of their arrival. Infants and one- and two-year olds are assessed with Brigance, DECA, and the Creative Curriculum Assessments. These assessment tools are administered twice more throughout the year and are focused on fine and gross-motor skills, expressive and receptive language, self help, and social-emotional skills. Our children are observed as they grow to make sure that they are developmentally on track.
Our preschoolers are assessed for their readiness for kindergarten not only by our staff, but by students from Nova Southeastern University. We are in the last year of a grant from Broward County to promote early literacy, called the Early Reading First Grant. The focus of these assessments is pre-reading skills such as recognition of upper and lower case letters, phonemic awareness, expressive and receptive language, and number and color recognition.