|Early Childhood - Intervention and Support
Intervention and Support
The Preschool Intervention and Referral Team (PIRT) provide support and strategies to teachers and parents of children who are exhibiting difficulty in the classroom or home. Areas of concern could include: a child’s behavior, speech/language, learning, or health. A request for assistance (RFA) can also be made to PIRT based on the results of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA information below), the Early Screening Inventory – Revised (Refer to ESI-R information below) or the observation of the classroom teacher, master teacher, PIRT and/or parent.
The parent, preschool teacher, PIRT, master teacher, family worker and other relevant staff will meet to:
- develop an intervention plan;
- implement/monitor the intervention plan;
- follow-up, revise the intervention plan as needed.
The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA)
The DECA is a strength based assessment and planning system for children ages 2-5.
The DECA is a data driven instrument to screen the social emotional state of the children in our program. A pretest and a posttest are completed on all our students. From the results we are able to compile an individual as well a class profile indicating areas of strength and areas of need within the following three protective factors:
Attachment - emotional bond to caretakers in the child’s life.
Initiative - independence and willingness to try out new tasks.
Self Control - ability to deal with emotions and focus on the task at hand.
The DECA also screens for behavior concerns. The information from the individual profile assists us in the development of intervention strategies to support teachers to promote and strengthen the protective factors of our preschoolers.
The Early Screening Inventory – Revised (ESI-R):
It is required that upon entry to a Plainfield preschool program that children are administered a screening by the classroom teacher, such as the Early Screening Inventory-Revised. The ESI-R is a brief developmental screening instrument. It is designed to give schools and parents important information about a child’s development in motor skills, language, and cognition.