ChildFind

WHAT IS CHILD FIND?
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 there is concern about the child’s growth or learning, early intervention may be recommended and provide valuable strategies and tools for a child and their family. With parent consent, 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 the family.
  • Child Find provides developmental screenings and, when appropriate, comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluations
  • Child Find is mandated by law
  • Child Find is a free service
  • Child Find connects children and families to intervention services when it is appropriate

The Child Find Program is provided throughout the 3 school districts in the Mt. Evans BOCES. Children from birth through preschool age are screened and evaluated through the district childfind team.

 

WHY IS CHILD FIND IMPORTANT?

Child Find helps the child and the family to determine the need for services and links families to these services. For younger children, Child Find can reassure parents about their child’s development.
Child Find also has the responsibility of helping hard to reach populations (migrant, homeless or truant students, etc) to connect to Child Find and eligible services in their area.

WHEN SHOULD A CHILD BE REFERRED TO CHILD FIND?

When there is a concern about the child’s:

* hearing or vision
* speech and language skills
* motor skills
* thinking skills
* emotional or social skills

 

HOW CAN A CHILD BE REFERRED?

A referral may be made by anyone who has a concern about a child’s development. Children may be referred by any of the following:

* Parents/legal guardians/foster parents
* Physicians/health care providers
* Child care providers
* Community agencies
* Other family members
* Others who are concerned about a child’s development

WHO DO I CONTACT TO REFER A CHILD?

Contact the Community Center Board in your County of Residence OR the Child Find Coordinator in your school district:

Clear Creek County – Development Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC)  Joy Miles   Office: 303.462.6656 Cell: 720.319.0375 Fax: 303.462.6697  www.ddrcco.com OR  Lynn Pinkston in Clear Creek School District, 303-567-4431.

Gilpin County – Development Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC)  Joy Miles   Office: 303.462.6656 Cell: 720.319.0375 Fax: 303.462.6697  www.ddrcco.com OR Beth Worley in Gilpin County School District, 720-562-3101.

Park County (Platte Canyon School District) – The Resource Exchange (TRE)  Hope Flansburg, Early Intervention Coordinator
The Resource Exchange, P.O. Box 1069, Bailey, CO 80421
Mobile: (303) 816-0011 Fax: (844) 207-6957 http://www.TRE.org  OR Marilyn Sturek in Platte Canyon School District, 303-838-7666 x 1251.

 

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