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Child Find

What is Child Find?  Flyer

Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Educatioin Act 2004 (IDEA 04) and the Arizona Administrative Code (AAC) define child find requirements to ensure eligible infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school aged children have access to early intervention, special education services, and related services, IDEA Part B and Part C (34.C.F.R.§§ 300 et seq., 34 C.F.R. §§ 303 et seq.) and A.A.C. R-&-2-401 (C) (D).

Child Find Applies To:

  • Children aged birth through 21.
  • Children who are highly mobile, such as children who come from migrant and homeless families.
  • Children suspected of having a disability even though they are advancing grade to

Children Develop at Different Rates

Some children have more difficultyly than others.  They may have trouble achieving milestones in one or more of the following developmental and/or academic areas:

  • Vision/Hearing
  • Motor Control or coordination
  • Behavior or Social Skills
  • Speech or Communication Skills
  • Cognitive or Academic Skills

The earlier you express your concerns, the sooner your child's needs will be identified and the sooner he or she will receive the assistance needed to be successful.

Anyone can refer a child, birth through age 21, for early intervention or special education services.


Screening:  Developmental screening in all areas:  Speech/language, fine/gross motor, academics, hear/vision, behavior and social.

Assessment:  Comprehensive evaluation for children who may be in need of early childhood services, including special education.

Consultation:  Information provided to parens about child development, behavior management and community resources.

Referrals:  Information and referrals to community resouces which provide a variety of services.

Parental Involvement

Parental involvement in the special education process is crucial to your child's success.  You are the best advocate for your child.  Read more...

Information is Confiential

All information received for screening or evaluation remain confidential.

Do you have concerns?

If you have concerns about your child's development or progress in school, contact the Arizona Early Invention Program (AZEIP) or local school (SPS).

Birth to 2 years-AzEIP will screen your child to determine if early intervention services are needed.  A specialist will come to your home to talk with about your concerns and observe your child.  If your child is found eligible, a plan will be designed to include strategies, activities and supports to achieve desired outcomes related to your child's development.

Arizona Early Interention Program (AzEIP)
3839 N. 3rd Street, Suite 304
Phoenix, AZ 85012

2 years to 21 years-Contact Shonto Preparatory Schools or your local school that your child attends.  The school uses a screening process to check your child's development and academic progress.  If an evaluation is needed your will be involved in the decision making process to determine whether your child is eligible for special education services and/or related services.

Shonto Preparatory Schools
East Hwy 160 & 98
PO Box 7900
Shonto, Arizona 86054
Contact Info

Mailing: PO Box 7900, Shonto, Arizona 86054 | Physical: East Hwy 160 Route 98, Shonto, Arizona 86054