Child Find (3-5 year olds)

  • Child Find is a Special Education law that requires all school districts to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disability. Schools are required to do this for all children with disabilities from birth through age 21. The Child Find mandate applies to all children who reside within the state, including children who attend private and public schools, highly mobile children, migrant children, homeless children, and children who are wards of the state.
    North Thurston Public Schools Child Find is a developmental screening for children ages 3-5 years old to determine if there is a need for further evaluation for special education services.   If you suspect your child (ages 3-5 years old) may have a disability in one or more of the areas listed below, please contact us to set up a developmental screening. 
    • Cognitive (thinking skills)
    • Speech/Language
    • Adaptive (self-help skills)
    • Motor skills
    • Social-Emotional/Behavior
    Scheduling an Evaluation: Screenings are by appointment only. To schedule a Child Find screening for your child, please contact Early Learning at (360) 412-4469.
    If your child is YOUNGER THAN 3 YEARS OLD and you suspect a possible delay, visit our Early Intervention page for more information.

    Typical Development Guidelines
    : Typically developing guidelines for 3-4 year olds (PDF)

    If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact Brenda McAferty, NTPS Homeless Liaison, at (360) 561-2095. More information: Homeless Assistance / McKinney-Vento Act