Preschool Screening Partners

As of a part of the early intervention screening program through the Autism Tree Project Foundation, Kara Dodds & Associates provides free speech and language screenings to these and other San Diego preschools to help identify children who may need additional support services as they prepare for Kindergarten.

Head Start is a federally funded program designed to give three to five year old children and their families the experiences they need to bring about success in public schools and improve their quality of family life. Children receive medical, dental, speech, hearing and developmental screenings. Follow-up services are provided as needed. “AKA” head start located in El Cajon also offers services to children ages one-three years of age through the Early Head Start Program.

Christ Lutheran School located in La Mesa is a Preschool - 8th Grade Christian school rooted in a rigorous academic culture. In its state-of-the-art facilities and technology while remaining strongly committed to a traditional school environment and curriculum. CLS early partnering with parents in the Christ-centered education of their children as they accepts 2 year olds (students do not need to be potty trained) and continues molding students through the elementary and middle school years.

Lambs of Faith Lutheran Early Childhood Center is a ministry of Faith Lutheran Church and believes that play is a child’s vocation.  It is through this medium that he/she learns to organize his/her thoughts and actions.  The purpose of Lambs of Faith Lutheran Early Childhood Center is provide a Christ-centered environment for students to foster self-esteem and to develop at their own rate of spiritual, emotional, cognitive, social, and physical growth.

Pt. Loma Red Brick Preschool provides a preschool program in a high quality early childhood program with an emphasis on the social and emotional development of the child, with classes for 3-5 years old.  Also, they offer a TLC program offering a high quality, developmentally- appropriate enrichment program for children’s ages 2 and 3, and their parents.

The philosophy of the San Diego Cooperative Preschool, located in Mission Hills, is that children learn through a play-based program planned by highly skilled staff who are educated in the field of child development.  The philosophy sees the child as an individual continually developing at their own rate in all areas including physical, social-emotional, cognitive and creative domains.  A child’s family is seen as an integral part of the program as they participate in all areas of the program.

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Before Kara Dodds, my son received speech services with Rady's. I normally have great things to say about Rady's, but the way speech was set up (short 25 minute appointments once a week) just didn't work for us. Since switching to Kara Dodds, my son has made incredible progress.

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