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Child Find, Colorado's Child Identification System

About Child Find

Every school district or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) has professionals who are trained to evaluate children in a variety of areas, including cognitive functioning, physical functioning, hearing and vision, speech and language and social and emotional development.

  • This service is referred to as Child Find.
  • Evaluations are conducted by the Child Find team at no cost to parents.


Children under the age of six may be referred at any time for an eligibility determination for early intervention (ages birth to three) or preschool special education services (ages three through five). Early Intervention services for children birth to three years of age are provided through Early Intervention Colorado.

Developing a Plan

Once the Child Find evaluation team, which includes the parents, has gathered sufficient information used to determine a child's eligibility for early intervention or preschool special education services, an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP, birth to three years of age) or an Individual Education Plan (IEP, three to five years of age) is developed and services begin shortly. 


Individualized preschool special education services for children, three to five years of age, are provided by BOCES and local school districts. Professionals with training and expertise in special education services implement the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B.

Early childhood services and resources are provided to support the educational needs of young children and families three to five years of age. (See 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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