Carroll County Schools

Preschool Assessment & Learning Services (PALS)

Mission Statement

Early Intervention plants a seed for success... Ready. Set. Grow!

Vision Statement

PALS will be valued as a premier learning environment, enhancing global development, and ensuring school readiness for exceptional students ages three to five.

Contact Us

Phone: (770)832-3568

Fax: (770)830-1303

What is Preschool Assessment and Learning Services (PALS)?

The PALS program is an early intervention program serving children ages 3 to 5 who reside in Carroll County, GA. It is a division of the Carroll County Schools Exceptional Children's Services.

To be eligible for the PALS program, a child must exhibit a significant delay in one or more of the following areas:

  • Cognition - skills and abilities that are conceptual in nature

  • Speech/Language - reception and expression through verbal and non-verbal means

  • Motor Skills - precise movement of muscles with the intent to perform a specific act

  • Social Skills - abilities and characteristics allowing children to engage in meaningful social interactions

  • Adaptive Skills - self-help and daily living skills

  • Vision Impairment - lost or diminished vision

  • Hearing Impairment - lost or diminished hearing

Who can Make a Referral?

The following is a list of example individuals and organizations able to refer a child for services:

  • Parents/Guardians

  • Teachers

  • Daycare Providers

  • Homecare Providers

  • Medical Personnel

  • Hospitals

  • Head Start

  • Babies Can't Wait

  • Health Department

  • Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS)

  • Children's Medical Services.

What is the Process?

In compliance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Georgia Rules and Regulations, the process of identification for Special Education services includes:

  1. Vision/Hearing Screening

  2. Developmental and/or Speech-Language Screening

  3. Evaluations

  4. Committee Determination for Eligibility

  5. Committee Development of Individualized Education Program (IEP)

  6. Implementation of services

What are the Benefits of Early Intervention?

The purpose of early intervention is to encourage children to be independent and active learners by providing a positive preschool experience. Children who are eligible for Special Education Services may be served in a variety of settings including:

  • The Home Environment

  • Local Preschool Programs

  • Head Start

  • Daycare Settings

  • Classrooms of Children with Disabilities

Those who receive PALS services may participate in the following activities:

  • Improve Communication with Same-Age Peers and Adults

  • Appropriate Social Interactions with Others

  • Strengthening Fine and Gross Motor Skills

  • Attention to Tasks

  • Self-Care Skills

  • Appropriate Social Behaviors

  • Pre-Academic and Pre-Readiness Skills