FDLRS Suncoast
Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource System

Road to Childfind

The Role of Child Find:

  • Assists in locating, identifying, and obtaining services for children who have disabilites or special needs.
  • Uses the CHRIS (Children's Registry and Information System) for tracking and service coordination.
  • Promotes public awareness of services for children and youth who have disabilites.
  • Screens children and youth to determine if they need to be formally evaluated.
  • Provides coordination, training, and support to assist service providers in evaluating children and youth.

Child Find Contacts:

Sarasota County:
Diane Cummings
941-927-9000 ext. 31271 

Manatee County:
Celeste Preseault
941-721-2300 ext. 2113
Fax: 941-721-2308 

Charlotte County:
Pamela Massey
941-255-0808 ext3008
Fax: 941-255-7585  

Parent Resources Across the Web

Child Find Brochure
This pamphlet describes the developmental milestones from birth to 5 years.

This website is loaded with information for parents on typical and atypical development, brain growth and function, and child rearing issues. It covers all areas of development and the index provided makes it user friendly.

This website includes an interactive developmental timeline for children birth through five. A parent is able to explore the five areas of development---socio-emotional, cognitive, language, sensory and motor. It can also be navigated using age. If more information is needed on a topic, the parent simply clicks on the item. The final checklist can be printed from the computer. A small library of one minute videos on child rearing is also available.

This website is dedicated to the early identification and intervention of children with delays. The site lists developmental milestones through the age of three and posts red flags warnings which might indicate a delay or disorder. A discussion of different disorders is included on the website.

This website is provided by Success by Six and United Way agencies to help caregivers and agencies provide quality early learning experiences for children. It outlines the five most important things a new parent can do, provides developmental milestones for children birth to five, and provides suggestions on turning every day experiences into learning opportunities for children.

This site is written in Spanish and provides Spanish speaking families with information on a variety of topics.

Early Steps
Early Steps serves Florida's infants and toddlers from birth to 36 months who have developmental delays or a condition that places them at risk for developmental delays.

First Steps
A Guide for Parents of Young Children with Developmental Disabilities is available in downloadable chapters, in English and in Spanish.

www.AllAboutSarasotaKids.org. This is a connection to all Sarasota has to offer parents and their you children.

Child Find Referral Form
Complete the form, fax or email it to your corresponding Child Find specialist above

Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System

FDLRS Suncoast Project Manager
Tracey Cardenas

Child Find Specialists
Cindy DeGilio, Charlotte County
Celeste Preseault, Manatee County
Diane Cummings, Sarasota County 

HRD Consultants/Parent Services/Technology Specialists
Dr. Donna Marquis-Cox, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties
Kim DeGenaro, Sarasota and Manatee Counties 
Pamela Massey, Charlotte Counties
Sara Gaines, Manatee County

FDLRS/FIN Facilitator
Katie Kelly, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee Counties

8/24/2017 - Charter Review Committee

8/24/2017 - Brookside Middle Open House

8/24/2017 - Tatum Ridge Open House (Kg-2nd Grade)

8/29/2017 - Woodland Middle Open House

8/29/2017 - Bay Haven PTO Open House (K-2nd)

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