Child Find

Child Find is a legal requirement that commands all school districts to have a process for identifying and evaluating children who have disabilities and may be entitled to special education services.  Students ages 3 to 4 years must live within the district attendance boundaries and may not be currently enrolled in a special education preschool program.

 

The process is as follows:

Parent/legal guardian picks up the preschool health and developmental packet (also known as the yellow packet) from the Special Education Department at the District Office, located at 11321 Bullis Road, Lynwood, 90262.  At that time, the parent/guardian will be asked to provide identification and two (2) proofs of residency in the form of utility bills to establish residency with the district attendance boundaries.

 

The health and developmental (yellow) packet must be completed prior for the Preschool Assessment Team contacting the parent/legal guardian to schedule an appointment into the Child Find.

 

What can I expect at the time of the Child Find appointment?

Parent/legal guardian and child will meet with a team of specialists that may include; a school psychologist, speech and language therapist, special education teacher and nurse. A screening of the child and parent interview will be conducted and results shared with the parent/legal guardian at the time of the appointment.

 

Possible outcomes include:

  • Student skills and development may be found to be within normal limits. Parent/guardian is given community resources including information about State Preschool, Head Start, private preschools in the area.
  • Student may present with speech and language delays that warrant a referral to a district speech/language pathologist for complete evaluation.
  • Student may present with developmental delays that warrant a referral for full multi-disciplinary psycho-educational team evaluation.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Special Education Department at 310.886.1600 x8139.