Exceptional Student Services (ESS)

Child Find

What is Child Find? 

Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education 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 difficulty than others. They may have trouble achieving milestones in one or more of the following developmental and/or academic areas:

    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 parents about child development, behavior management and community resources.

Referrals:  Information and referrals to community resources 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 Confidential

All information received for screening or evaluation remain confidential.

ESS STAFF | Phone: (928) 672-3556 | Fax: (928) 672-2608

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

Phone: 602-532-9960

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.

Parent Involvement

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

  • Ask the school for a copy of the Procedural Safeguards Notice. This will explain your parental rights
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. Find out what test will be given to your child and why they have been considered.  
  • Be involved in your child's evaluation. Find out what kind of information you will be asked to contribute to the process.  
  • Request copies of important paperwork, including a copy of the final evaluation report. Maintain those documents in a safe place. 
  • Keep a log of phone calls. Use a calendar to track testing and meeting dates
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