Trying to catch learning issues early
District officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on a new $10 million diagnostic facility to spot and address developmental delays in small children.
Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee said she hopes that the Early Stages Center, housed at Walker Jones Education Campus in Ward 6, will begin to fix at least one of the broken strands in the District’s special education system, which is under supervision of a federal judge.
“One of the many things that has sort plagued the District is the fact that there was an under-identification of young people before they started in the school system of their special needs,” she said. The earlier that delays in walking, talking, playing, learning or behaving can be treated, the better for the child and the less costly for the school system.
The center is free to all District families with children between ages three and five, regardless of whether they attend public, private, or charter school. It also provides hearing and vision screens, as well as assessments of immunization and lead status.
For more information visit www.earlystagesdc.org
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