Child Find is part of Colorado's system for identifying children suspected of having a delay in development. If a young child is not meeting typical developmental milestones, or someone is concerned about the child’s growth or learning, child find teams will evaluate how the child plays, learns, speaks, behaves and moves. The purpose of the evaluation is to determine if there is a significant delay or if there is a need for early intervention or special education services. Evaluations conducted by Child Find teams are at no cost to parents.
2022-2023 Preschool Registration
You will need to upload the following documents in order to complete this registration process:
* Birth certificate (or other proof of birth listing parents)
* Proof of guardianship (if not listed on birth verification e.g. court documents)
* Current Immunization Record
* Physical (dated within the past year)
* Proof of Residency (utility bill, lease agreement, etc.) - must show parent/guardian name and dated within the past 60 days
*All required documentation must be turned in prior to class placement.
If you have any questions or need assistance in the application process, please email: email@example.com call 970-348-4601.
Children who are not yet in Kindergarten may be referred at any time when a family member, doctor, or child care provider has a concern about their development.
- For children from birth to three years of age, Child Find teams partner with local Early Intervention Colorado programs that provide service coordination and eligibility determination. See Envision Colorado Website for more information.
- Children three to five years old are evaluated as a part of the preschool special education process. For more information and to begin the referral process, contact:
Child Find Team Lead: Beth Dick, 970-348-4602, firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Find Secretary: Michelle Elliott, 970-348-4601, email@example.com
Trained and certified professionals evaluate children when significant concerns are indicated for the child’s early development or educational progress. Evaluations address the areas of concern for each child. Evaluations are provided in several areas, including but not limited to the following:
- Early concepts (birth-5)
- Educational skills (PreK-12)
- Cognitive functioning
- Speech-language skills
- Physical development
- Social-emotional functioning
- Health history review
- Vision and hearing screening
Evaluations are conducted at no cost to parents with parent consent and participation.
Developing a Plan
Once the Child Find evaluation team, which includes the parents, has gathered enough information to determine if the child meets eligibility criteria for early intervention or preschool special education services, an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed and services will begin shortly.
More information at CDE Child Find and Weld County Child Find.