Agency uses playdate to spot developmental delays

ATTALLA, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Children's Affairs is looking to spot developmental delays in Etowah County preschoolers by hosting a structured playdate.

State children's policy council manager Liletta Jenkins tells the Gadsden Times (http://bit.ly/1oDDiLC ) children between 6 months and 5 years old who participate in the department's Books Balls and Blocks program Tuesday will be evaluated by parents and graded by ADCA personnel.

The department is hosting a free structured playdate at Attalla Elementary School. The program is open to any child in Etowah County.

Jenkins says the playdate could help state officials and parents determine whether children are developing properly.

Officials say children will participate in eight activities while their parents fill out questionnaires.

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Information from: The Gadsden Times, http://www.gadsdentimes.com

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