Frequently Asked Child Development Questions
Q: If my child turns four after September 1, 2018, can I still register for the CD program this year?
No. Your child must be four years old on or before September 1, 2018 to be served in the 4-Year-Old CD Program in the 2018-19 school year. Children who turn four after September 1, 2018 are not eligible to register for the CD program for 2018-19. Your child will be eligible to register for the 2019-20 CD progam in the spring of 2019.
Q: What happens after I register?
A: When registration is complete, you will be scheduled for a date & time in May to bring your child back for a child-friendly test. During testing, you will complete some additional paperwork. A Child Development teacher will test your child in a nearby room.
Q: What happens after the testing day?
A: The teacher will submit the test and paperwork to the District Office. The results will be processed, and you will receive a letter in the summer to let you know if your child has a spot in the class or is on the waiting list.
Q: Is it true that if my child is smart or “knows a lot” they won’t get in?
A: The requirements for the 4K program are set by the South Carolina Department of Education. The program is for the most at-risk students. Students are placed in the program according to their needs. Students who are the most in need of services prior to Kindergarten will be placed in the program first.
Q: What happens next if I receive a letter that my child is accepted in the program?
A: You will be contacted by your child’s teacher in late August after teachers return to school and receive their class list. The teacher will call you to schedule a home visit to complete documentation and to meet your child. Meeting the child at their home helps them to feel more comfortable about beginning school. Remember, you will not hear from the teacher until late August. It will take a while for the teacher to get her class list and make arrangements in order to call you and schedule a home visit.
Q: What happens next if I receive a letter that my child is on the waiting list?
A: If a student in the class moves or withdraws, your child may have the opportunity to begin the program later in the year. Child Development students can be selected from the wait list until May. If an opening becomes available and your child is next on the wait list, you will be notified by the teacher.
Q: If my child is on the CD waiting list, can I find out how far down the list he or she is?
A: No. Waiting list information changes often as children move, transfer or are screened; therefore, we do not give out waiting list information.
Q: When can someone go over my child’s assessment results?
A: You may contact the school where your child was tested after school begins in August to schedule an appointment with a Child Development teacher and go over the results of your child’s assessment.
Q: What should I do if my child is screened at one school and we move to a different address in another attendance area?
A: If you still live in Horry County, go to the school in the new attendance area and provide proof of residency. Tell the school your child has been screened for CD at another school and ask them to notify the district office so your child may be placed on the waiting list at the new school. Make sure you provide an updated phone number and home address.