What is Child Find?
Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA ’04) that requires states to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities; ages birth through 21, who are in need of specialized education or related services.
The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District offers free developmental screenings for preschool children between the ages of 3 to 5 years who live in the school district and are not already receiving special education services, or enrolled in Kindergarten.
The screenings will check a child's speech, motor, cognitive, adaptive, and social development. For an appointment call 928-634-7039, ext 4118. The screening are typically held on a monthly basis; the next screening will be February 7, 2018.
Arizona Early Intervention program also offers developmental screenings for children age birth to three years; 1-800-841-5201 or visit them online at www.azdes.gov/azeip.
Students in the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District who are suspected of having a disability are initially referred to a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), an Intervention Team that will review the data about the student and will determine if interventions are needed in the student’s classroom. A follow-up meeting is scheduled to review the results of the interventions to determine success and document the learning outcome. The Intervention Team determines whether a referral for Special Education will be recommended.