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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 928-634-2191. The next preschool Child Find will be Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
Arizona Early Intervention program also offers developmental screenings for children age birth to three years; 1-800-237-3007 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.