• The Role of Child Find:

    • Assists in locating, identifying, and obtaining services for children who have disabilities 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 disabilities.
    • 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 assists parents and schools in the early identification of children who are at risk of developing special or unique needs and who are not being served in public school. Child Find’s target age is birth through 21 years, but the primary emphasis is placed on children birth to 5 years of age. If you are interested in having your child screened, please use the links below.

    Both the screening request and referral packet must be completed.

    Tanto la solicitud de proyección como el paquete de referencia deben completarse.

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    Child Find Information Video

    Parent Resources Across the Web

    • Child Find Brochure 
      This pamphlet describes the developmental milestones from birth to 5 years.
    • www.zerotothree.org 
      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.
    • www.talaris.org 
      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.
    • www.firstsigns.org 
      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.
    • www.bornlearning.org 
      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.
    • www.todobebe.com 
      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.