Child Find: Does Your Child Have a Disability?
What is Child Find?
Child Find is the process of locating and evaluating children with disabilities. IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, requires all school districts to locate, evaluate and provide services for students birth to 21 who have a qualifying disability.
If your Child is Preschool Age (3 to 5 years old):
If your Child is School Age (Kindergarten - 21 years old):
Contact the main office at your neighborhood school.
If your Child is a Private School Student or Home School Student:
Contact your neighborhood school to make a referral for evaluation for Special Education Services. The School Locator can help locate what your neighborhood school would be.
If you suspect that your child may have a disability and they are birth to 3 years old, below are some helpful resources
WithinReach helps people across the state navigate complex health and social services systems. They offer free screening and evaluation to determine qualification for Birth to Three developmental services.
King County Early Support for Infants and Toddlers
King County Early Support for Infants and Toddlers is a First step your family can take if you have concerns about your child's development.
CHAP is a telephone assistance program serving King County residents by connecting them to health insurance, health care services and other resources. CHAP services are free and confidential. Call for help at 1-800-756-5437 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
ARC of King County
Arc of King County provides information and resources for new parents of children with developmental disabilities, ranging from materials about disability development to Birth to Three services.
Meadow Crest Early Learning Center:
If you are already receiving Early Intervention Services through Boyer, Children’s Therapy Center, Kindering, NW Center or Childhaven, your Family Resource Coordinator will coordinate a transition meeting between your family and Meadow Crest (if you reside in the Renton School District), approximately 90 days prior to your child’s third birthday.
If you are unsure if your agency contracts with Meadow Crest, feel free to contact the Renton School District Birth to Three Coordinator at 425-204-2234.