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Early Stages (ages 3-5)

Early StagesEarly Stages is a District of Columbia Public Schools program for children between the ages of 2 years 8 months and 5 years 10 months.  We are here to help you identify any delays that your child may have and arrange appropriate services to help address them.

All children referred to the Early Stages Center  receive a developmental screening. If necessary, your child will receive a more in-depth evaluation and we can recommend appropriate services for children with special needs or a diagnosed delay. Our services are available to all families that live in the District, whether your child goes to public school, private school, is home-schooled or has not yet entered the school system. If your child is in a DC private school or in a DC childcare center, we can work with you, even if you live outside DC. All of our services are FREE



Early Stages at Walker Jones Education Campus
1125 New Jersey Avenue NW
3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-698-8037

Early Stages at Minnesota Avenue
4058 Minnesota Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: 202-442-7201

Learn more at the Early Stages website.

Children Attending Private and Religious Schools

The Private and Religious Office (PRO) facilitates the identification and evaluation of students with suspected or established disabilities who attend private or religious schools. Learn more »

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