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Child Find for Children Birth to Age 5

About Child Find

Child Find is part of Colorado's system for identifying children suspected of having a delay in development. If a young child is not meeting typical developmental milestones, or someone is concerned about the child’s growth or learning, child find teams will evaluate how the child plays, learns, speaks, behaves and moves. The purpose of the evaluation is to determine if there is a significant delay or if there is a need for early intervention or special education services. Evaluations conducted by Child Find teams are at no cost to parents.


Children who are not yet in Kindergarten may be referred at any time when a family member, doctor or child care provider has a concern about their development.
  • For children from birth to three years of age, Child Find  teams partner with local Early Intervention Colorado programs who provide service coordination and eligibility determination.
  • Children three to five years old are evaluated as a part of the preschool special education process.

Developing a Plan

Once the Child Find evaluation team, which includes the parents, has gathered enough information to determine if the child meets eligibility criteria for early intervention or preschool special education services, an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed and services will begin shortly.     

Who do I contact?


Children under age three eligible for early intervention services receive services at home or in community settings as outlined in their IFSP. Preschool special education services for children three to five years of age are provided by local school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in inclusive preschool classrooms. Early childhood services and resources designed to support the individual educational needs of young children. Learn more about Preschool Special Education Services.

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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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