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Child Find for Preschool Children Ages 3 Through 5 Years Old

 

About Child Find for Preschool Aged Children

Child Find for children ages 3 through 5 years old is part of Colorado's system for identifying children suspected of having a delay in development as early as possible. If a young child is not meeting typical developmental milestones, or someone is concerned about the child’s growth or learning, a referral can be made to Child Find.  Starting at age three, the public school system (school districts and/or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services) has responsibility for the Child Find process and will work with the family about their concerns, with a focus on meeting the child’s educational needs. Next steps could include collecting information from families and from previous developmental screenings, conducting a screening, and/or if the child is suspected of having an educational disability completing an evaluation. The purpose of the process is to determine if there is an educational disability that requires special education and related services for the child to make progress in preschool. Child Find is provided at no cost to families.

Referrals

Children who are not yet in Kindergarten may be referred at any time there is a concern about their development. Referrals to Child Find can be from any source, including medical providers, home visitation programs, friends and family,  private and public preschools (e.g., Head Start), and community-based childcare programs. Parental consent is not required for referral, however, parent(s) involvement is required throughout the process.
  • For concerns and referrals for children birth to 3 years old please go to Early Intervention Colorado.
  • Preschool children 3 through 5 years old are screened and/or evaluated as a part of the preschool special education process.

Developing a Plan

If a Child Find evaluation team, which includes the parents, has gathered enough information to determine a child meets eligibility criteria for preschool special education services, an Individual Education Program (IEP) is developed. Preschool special education services for children 3 through 5 years old are provided by local school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in inclusive preschool classrooms.

Who do I contact?

Reach out to the CDE Preschool Special Education and Child Find Contacts with questions.

Additional Information

Special Education in Preschool

Preschool special education services for children 3 through 5 years of age are provided by local school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in inclusive preschool classrooms. Early childhood services and resources are designed to support the individual and unique educational needs of young children. Learn more about Preschool Special Education Services.

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