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Child Find

Child Find Notice

CHILD FIND: A district’s coordinated process to ensure that all children residing within the district who have disabilities, birth through 21 years of age, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated.

In addition to students enrolled in the public schools, the Child Find duty applies to: homeless children, children who are wards of the state, children attending private schools, highly mobile children (including migrant children), and children who are suspected of being in need of special education but who are advancing from grade to grade

REFERRAL: Requests for a Full and Individual Evaluation may be made by parent, the district, TEA or another state agency. During the Referral Process, appropriate personnel will obtain information in the area(s) of suspected disability. This group of school district personnel, with the input of parents, will determine if evaluation is necessary to determine if there is a disability. When needed, appropriate personnel will evaluate formally in the area(s) of suspected disability and informally in all other required areas.

EVALUATION and ELIGIBILITY: If an evaluation is completed, the parent and staff will meet in an Admission, Review, Dismissal meeting to discuss the results of the evaluation, any special education eligibility, and whether the student is in need of specially designed instruction via special education services and supports.

The presence of a disability and a significant educational need are required for a student to qualify for special education services/supports.
SERVICE PROVISION: Students who qualify for special education services and supports receive them at no cost to parents as part of a free and appropriate public education.


The district conducts Child Find activities for the purpose of locating, evaluating, and identifying students with a suspected disability who are residing within district boundaries. Child Find activities apply to children who are not currently receiving special education and related services. Parents having concerns about their child’s health, hearing, intellectual functioning, language, learning, movement, serious behavioral needs, speech, or vision can call the district’s Special Programs Education at 360 448-6415.

Child Find Contacts

Keila Dean Director of Special Education 
SPED, 504, Preschool and 18-21 Program 
High Cap, Title 1, Lap, ELL,
17912 NE 159th St. 
Brush Prairie, WA 98606 
Phone: 360.448.6418

Colleen Anders
McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act, Information Technology
Educational Technology
17912 NE 159th St. 
Brush Prairie, WA 98606
Phone: 360 448-6400

Jenny Ristau 
Administrative Assistant-Special Programs 
17912 NE 159th St. 
Brush Prairie, WA 98606 
Phone: 360.448.6415