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Child Find

The child find process is required in every district.  The purpose of Child Find is to evaluate and identify children ages 3 to 21 who may be eligible to receive special education services. The Child Find Assessment Team is a district-level team that provides quality, child-focused screenings and evaluations for children ages 3-5. The Child Find Team may consist of: A Nurse, a Speech Language Pathologist, an Occupational Therapist, a School Psychologist, an Audiologist, and an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Teacher.  

Evaluation referrals come from a variety of sources including: Families, community agencies, child care, preschools, medical providers and school staff. The School District of residence for any child ages 3 through 21 is required to “Child Find” students who may have an educational disability as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Evaluations are conducted at no cost to parents, with parent consent and participation. After the evaluation is completed, a meeting is held with parents to determine eligibility for services. If a child is found eligible for services, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be developed by the IEP team, which includes the parent, teacher, and identified special education providers.

Evaluations address the areas of concern for each child. Evaluations are provided in several areas, including but not limited to the following:

  • Early concepts (birth-5)

  • Educational skills (PreK-12)

  • Cognitive functioning

  • Speech-language skills

  • Physical development

  • Social-emotional functioning

  • Vision and hearing screening

Child Find – Preschool (Ages 3-5)

For children ages three to five (who are not attending a district preschool), developmental screenings and evaluations are provided by a District Child Find Assessment Team at the Estes Park Elementary School. Autism and Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Specialists consult as needed.

Referral to Child Find 

Birth through age 2: Foothills Gateway, Inc 970-226-2345

Ages 3 through 5 (Preschool): EPSD Child Find Coordinator 970-586-7406

Kindergarten through age 21:  EPSD 970-586-2361

Child Find Team

Sundee Pietsch

Sundee Pietsch

Director of Student Services
Claire Behrens

Claire Behrens

Psychologist
Amy Buford

Amy Buford

Special Education Teacher, Child Find Coordinator
Alanna Everett

Alanna Everett

Psychologist
Christian Woods

Christian Woods

Social Worker