Kids get online check-up

. December 2, 2013.

The big day is closer than you think – is your toddler ready to become a student? A local organization wants to ensure that every Washtenaw County child is geared up for success from the start. The Washtenaw Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative offers free online screening to help county residents, with kids from 2 months to 5 years old, gauge how their child is progressing. Parents can check their youngster’s problem-solving, movement, speech, social and other skills. “It’s designed to tell if your child’s growth and development is on track,” said Program Manager Shannon Novara. On the web page, parents answer a series of questions about their child’s abilities. “Every parent receives learning activities that are age appropriate, via email,” said Novara. Projects include putting together “puzzle pieces” cut out from a cereal box or kicking a balloon across the floor into a container. An early childhood specialist will contact parents based on questionnaire results. An online directory guides moms and dads to resources for assistance about everything from health problems to play groups. “It provides peace of mind,” said Novara. Check out the screening questionnaire at the group’s webpage on the internet.