Child Find Program

Child Find is a federally mandated program whose purpose is to locate and identify children from birth through twenty-one years of age who have disabilities that require special education and/or related services. 

Who may refer a child to the Child Find program?

Any person who observes a child they suspect may have a disability may refer the child to the district for screening and possible assessment to determine eligibility.

What is the process?

  • The Child Find referral is given to the special programs department.
  • The parent is invited to review the information.
  • If the team, including the parent, determines an assessment is needed, parent written permission will be required.
  • The assessment is conducted when parent permission is received.
  • Parents meet with members of the assessment team to discuss the assessment results.
  • If the team, including the parent, determines the child qualifies, an appropriate Individualized Education Plan is developed.

Contact Special Education at 360.618.6295 for information or to schedule a screening.