Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004), that requires Public Education Agencies to locate, identify and evaluate all children with disabilities aged birth through 21, located within their geographic boundaries who are in need of early intervention or special education services.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations require that all children with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of their disability, are identified, located, and evaluated. [20 U.S.C. § 1412(a)(3); 34 C.F.R. § 300.111(a)]
*Child Find applies to children who are:
- Suspected of having a disability even if they are advancing from grade to grade
- Highly mobile, such as migrant and homeless families
- Wards of the State
- Private school students
- Home school students
In Arizona, each public education agency must have written procedures for the identification and referral of all children with disabilities within its boundaries of responsibility, including children with disabilities attending private schools and those who are home schooled. [A.A.C. R7-2-401(D)(1)]
Early Childhood Child Find
Child Find for children in the early childhood range (birth through kindergarten-age) focuses on identifying potential developmental delays in seven key areas:
- Daily Living Skills
- Motor Skills
If you have a child in the early childhood range who you suspect is not developing at a typical rate in any of the above areas, please contact:
Anne Harper, Psychologist
Email the Preschool Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Birth through 2 years, 9 months
If your child is aged birth through 2 years, 9 months, our lead psychologist will refer you and your child to Arizona Early Intervention Program (http://www.azdes.gov/azeip). This program, which is part of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, will work with you regarding evaluation and services for your child.
2 years, 9 months up to Kindergarten-age
If your child is aged 2 years, 9 months up to Kindergarten-aged, and you reside within the Creighton School District, contact our front office (602) 381-4600 and Dr. Drinen will schedule you for a screening conducted by professionals with the Creighton School District.
Based on the findings during the screening, if a Comprehensive Developmental Assessment is warranted for your child, next steps will be discussed. Your child will be individually evaluated in each of the key areas as needed. Based on the findings, the team, which includes you as the parent, will determine whether or not your child is eligible for special education in one of five categories: Speech Language Impairment (SLI), Developmental Delay (DD), Preschool Severe Delay (PSD), Hearing Impairment (HI), and/or Visual Impairment (VI).
Click Developmental Preschool for further information about the evaluation process and the Developmental Preschool program.
NOTE: If you reside outside of the Creighton School District, please contact your school district of residence regarding Child Find for preschool-aged students.
School Aged Child Find
Child Find for school-aged children (kindergarten-aged through 21 years) focuses on identifying potential developmental delays in seven key areas:
- Daily Living Skills
- Motor Skills
Elementary Aged (Kindergarten through 8th grade)
Children Enrolled at a Creighton School
If you have a child enrolled in the Creighton School District and you would like to explore their potential need for special education services, please contact the School Psychologist at your child’s school.
Biltmore Preparatory Academy: 602.381.6160
Excelencia School: 602.381.4670
Gateway School: 602.381.4665
Larry C. Kennedy School: 602.381.6180
Loma Linda School: 602.381.6080
Monte Vista School: 602.381.6140
Papago School: 602.381.6100
William T. Machan School: 602.381.6120
The school psychologist will work with you to arrange a team meeting, which includes you as the parent, the school psychologist, your child’s general education teacher, a special education teacher, other professionals as needed, a school administrator, and your child, if appropriate. The team will discuss your concerns and those of the school to determine if your child should be evaluated for possible special education eligibility. Should your child be formally evaluated and found eligible, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be developed to provide appropriate services to your child in the least restrictive environment.
Children Parentally Placed in a Private School or Parochial School
If you have an elementary aged child enrolled in a private or parochial school which sits within the Creighton School District boundaries, and are concerned that your child may have a disability for which they may be eligible for special education and related services, please talk to the principal at your child’s school. The school will reach out to our Lead Psychologist to schedule a meeting to discuss your concerns, and those of the school. During that meeting, the team will determine what next steps are appropriate for your child. Should your child be formally evaluated and found eligible, the District will offer an Individual Service Plan, outlining what eligible services would be available to your child.
If you are formally home-schooling your elementary-aged child, reside within the Creighton School District boundaries, and suspect that your child may have a disability for which they may be eligible for special education and related services, please contact:
Dr. Lourdes Smith
(602) 381-4670 x49808
Dr. Smith will contact you to schedule a meeting to discuss the process and any appropriate next steps. Should your child be formally evaluated and found eligible, the District will offer an Individual Service Plan, outlining what eligible services would be available to your child.
High School Aged (9th grade through Age 21)
If you have a child enrolled in 9th grade through the age of 21 and you would like to discuss their potential need for special education, please contact the front office at your child’s High School to be connected with the appropriate staff.
Creighton Elementary Schools feed into the following high schools:
Camelback High School 602.764.7000
North High School 602.764.6500