Child Find

The Inpiduals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requires that public school agencies ensure all children (from birth through age 21) with delays or developmental disabilities are identified, located, evaluated, and receive the qualifying services they need. This includes all children living within the geographic boundaries of the school district, including children who are homeless or wards of the state, are attending private schools, or are home schooled.

Public schools and the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) are responsible for “Child Find”, finding eligible children and providing the services they need to reach their developmental milestones or meet their educational needs.

  • Early intervention supports and services assist families of eligible children by helping children aged birth to 3 years develop to their full potential. In Arizona, early intervention services are provided through Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP).
  • Preschool special education services for children ages 3 to 5 provide special strategies to help eligible children reach their developmental milestones.
  • Special education services for school aged children in kindergarten through age 21 provide specialized instruction and services to assist children in the educational environment.

For additional information about child find, please contact the following agencies:

Arizona Department of Education (ADE)
1535 W. Jefferson Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85007 ( )


Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES)
Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) ( )

Creighton School District Screenings

If you live in the Creighton School District boundaries and are concerned that your preschool-aged child may have developmental delays or is suspected of having a disability, the following information may be helpful to you. As a part of our efforts to locate, evaluate and serve all children with disabilities, the Creighton School District offers free developmental and disability preschool screenings.

Play observation/screenings are held at Papago School, located at 2013 N. 36th Street, between 8:00am and 9:15am. Then again from 10:00am - 11:15pm.

You must make an appointment to participate in the screening and play observation process. Please contact Angie Isaac, the preschool psychologist at (602) 381-4600 and leave a message with your name and phone number.

Screening dates for the 2017-18 school year are: August 30, September 27, November 15, December 13, January 24, March 21, and April 25.

If your child has had a previous preschool services or has evaluation records, please bring this information with you on the date of your screening appointment.


The Arizona Department of Education, pursuant A.R.S. 15-766, recognizes the following categories of eligibility for children ages 2 years, 9 months to 5 years who are not eligible for, or currently enrolled in kindergarten:

Speech/Language Impairment (SLI):

The child demonstrates a moderate delay (1.5 standard deviations below the mean for same age children) in language skills and/or demonstrates pronunciation errors that effect intelligibility.

Developmental Delay (DD):

The child demonstrates a moderate delay (1.5 but not more than 3.0 standard deviations below the mean for children of the same age) in two or more developmental domains (cognitive, adaptive, physical, social-emotional, and/or communication).

Preschool Severe Delay (PSD):

The child demonstrates a delay which is more than 3.0 standard deviations below the mean for children of the same age in one or more area: cognitive, adaptive, communication, social-emotional, and/or motor.

Hearing Impairment (HI):

The child has a loss of hearing acuity which affects educational performance. This hearing loss must be verified by an audiologist via audiological evaluation and communication-language proficiency evaluation.

Visual Impairment (VI):

The child has a loss of visual acuity or visual field, even with correction, adversely affects educational performance. The impairment must be verified by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.

*The above categories of eligibility are determined only after a comprehensive developmental assessment has been completed and reviewed by the multidisciplinary evaluation team.

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