Eligibility for Children 3-5 Years of Age

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Eligibility for all other Board services, such as the Family Support Services Program is completed by the Board’s Intake and Eligibility Specialist (intake@portagedd.org).
Eligibility criteria for children three (3) through five (5) years of age:
Children three (3) through five (5) years of age must have an established risk condition OR exhibit at least two (2) developmental delays in an area of development. The school district of residence is responsible to do an ETR (Evaluation Team Report) to determine eligilibility at age three (3). 
Frequently Asked Questions:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an established risk condition?
An established risk condition is defined as a “diagnosed physical or mental condition which has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay.” Established risk conditions include for example, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, hearing loss, or fetal alcohol syndrome to name a few.

What is a developmental delay?
Developmental delay means that functional skills or age-specific tasks in developmental areas that most children can do at a certain age range have not been achieved. For example, most children are able to walk without help by 18 months of age. A child not walking by thirty-six months of age is exhibiting a developmental delay in the area of motor development.

What are the developmental areas?
  • Gross motor: using large groups of muscle to do things like sitting, standing, walking, running, etc., maintaining balance or changing positions.
  • Fine motor: using one’s hands to do things like eating, drawing, dressing, playing, writing and many other things.
  • Language: speaking, using gestures and body language, communicating wants, and understanding what others say.
  • Cognitive: thinking skills including learning, understanding, problem-solving, reasoning, and remembering.
  • Social: interacting with others, establishing relationships with family, friends, cooperating with others, and responding to the others’ feelings.