Yes, Jabber. They had the easy child platoons when my husband was in the Army (80's -92) as well, but they only let you go through once.
After that you were "chaptered" out.
I also don't remember them doing physical fitness tests before reporting date, either.
I wouldn't call them "Easy" or "Difficult" child platoons. Within the first week or two of Boot Camp I was put in the Physical Conditioning Platoon, or Pork Chop Platoon as many referred to it, in order to get my conditioning up to par. Literally the only training we did was physical conditioning. Once we were able to perform sufficiently on the PFT (Physical Fitness Test) we were put into a regular platoon again. It was individual progress, not platoon.
I don't remember taking the PFT before Boot Camp either but I looked up the MEPS site and they are doing it now.