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.
Child Find Program
Start by completing the New Student Admissions Registration:
* Birth certificate (or other proof of birth listing parents)
* Proof of guardianship (if not listed on birth verification)
* Current Immunization Record* Physical (dated within past year)
* Proof of Residency (utility bill, lease agreement, etc.) - must show parent/guardian name and dated within 60 past days
*All required documentation must be turned in prior to class placement.
ReferralsChildren 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 who 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
Child Find Secretary
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.