January 17, 2019 - For Immediate ReleaseHumboldt, SK
– Horizon School Division invites all parents and caregivers of pre-school children between the ages of two months and five years to access the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), which is being administered in each of Horizon's elementary school communities over the next several months.
The ASQ is a powerful data-gathering tool that provides important information for parents, caregivers and educators regarding a child's development and readiness for learning. In Horizon, this questionnaire has previously been administered mainly for children attending one of Horizon's seven PreKindergarten programs. Bringing the ASQ to all Horizon elementary school communities is an important step towards better access to early learning opportunities for children in rural Saskatchewan.
"Horizon School Division would like to explore the way early learning is supported and funded for our children and families," says Kevin C. Garinger, Horizon School Division's Director of Education. "Saskatchewan's Ministry of Education has expressed interest in looking at our proposals, but we need data to support our goal. First and foremost, the data collected through this questionnaire helps our parents, caregivers and early learning professionals support a child's individual needs. Early learning, of course, is critical to success in future learning. This data will also inform our advocacy for a new model of accessibility, support and financing for early learning, especially in rural areas."
The first of these ASQ opportunities will take place at Bruno School on January 23. Each event will be open all day, no appointment required. Individual questionnaires will take approximately 30 minutes. Opportunities for all other Horizon elementary school communities are currently being finalized, with the goal of completing these assessments by the end of April. For more information about the ASQ, or how to access this opportunity for your child, please contact your school, childcare provider, or visit Horizon School Division's website at www.horizonsd.ca
: "Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ®) provides reliable, accurate developmental and social-emotional screening for children between birth and age 6. Drawing on parents' expert knowledge, ASQ has been specifically designed to pinpoint developmental progress and catch delays in young children—paving the way for meaningful next steps in learning, intervention, or monitoring."
For more information, please contact:
Communication Services Officer