The Hays Area Children’s Center offers free developmental screening monthly for any child from birth to three in Ellis and Rush counties. These are conducted by licensed and skilled professionals, such as early childhood teachers, speech-language pathologists, and registered nurses.
Our screening team takes great care to provide a quick analysis of many important childhood skills, including:
- Speech development (articulation)
- Language development
- Motor development
- Thinking skills
- Self-help skills
- Personal/Social skills
Note: Locations vary. Call (785) 625-3257 for updates.
How to Register
Contact us at (785) 625-3257. Appointments should be made at least 24 hours in advance to allow time to complete paperwork.
Does my child need to be screened?
We strongly recommend ALL children ages birth to 3 go through the screening process.
Children ages 3 to 5 should be screened if a guardian, parent, or health care provider is concerned that the child might have a potential developmental delay or disability, or might be in need of special education services.
How much does it cost?
Our developmental screenings are FREE to families in Ellis and Rush counties.
How long does the screening take?
Each screening takes approximately an hour to an hour-and-a-half.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes. If possible, please make your appointment at least 24 hours in advance, as some paperwork is needed. Call HACC at 785-625-3257 to make arrangements.
What if a concern is identified?
If we identify a potential developmental concern, our team of professionals will assist your family in taking the next step to help your child and to help you find additional and appropriate resources.
How Screenings Can Help Your Child
Screenings give you a comprehensive overview of where your child stands with developmental milestones, and they are an excellent way to identify children in need of additional services or resources.
Our team of professionals also can offer helpful resources and answer any questions about your child’s development.
Screening results are valuable regardless of your child’s outcomes. If no concern is identified, parents can rest assured their child is on the right track.
If a developmental delay does exist, catching it early is crucial. Early detection allows your child to receive appropriate intervention services, which have been proven to improve a child’s success in school.