Procedures and Guide Steps
These procedures and guide steps are for a Parent, Educator or Agency making a referral for Evaluation under the "Child Find" guidelines for Individuals ages Birth to 21 Years.
Public schools and the Arizona Early Intervention Program are responsible for "finding" eligible children and providing services needed for them to reach their potential while fulfilling educational needs.
When children are "found", they are referred to a specialist to screen for development. The screening helps "identify" any areas of concern that need to be evaluated further. In order to receive early intervention or special education services, a child must be evaluated to confirm they have a delay or disability that falls under state definitions.
If needed, the child is evaluated using state criteria for specific delays or disabilities. If eligible, the Arizona Early Intervention Program or a public school system will offer early intervention or special education services according to the child's needs.
Screening and evaluation processes are available at no cost to parents who believe their child (0 - 21 years) may be in need of early intervention services.
- Early intervention supports and services assist families of children who are eligible by helping children ages birth to two years 10 ½ months to develop age-appropriate skills. Screening and evaluation procedures for infants and toddlers up through 2 years 10 ½ months are provided by the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP). More information can be obtained on the AzEIP website.
- The local AzEIP Service Coordinator is Kristen Rodgers of A-Z Therapies who can be reached via email at Kristen@atoztherapies.com
. Parents can call AzEIP at 602-439-7400 with questions. In addition,
parents can also complete the AzEIP Child Find Referral below and submit it to our Smoketree Developmental Preschool for assistance.
special education services for children ages 3 - 5 years provide
special strategies to help children reach developmental milestones.
Requests for screening and evaluation for children ages 3 years to 5 years may be referred to Smoketree Developmental Preschool at 928-505-6033.
- Special education services for school-aged students in kindergarten through the age of 21 years provide specialized instruction and services to assist students in the educational environment. Requests for evaluation and screening for school-aged students (Kindergarten – 12th Grades) must be made in writing to the school principal of the school the student attends. Parents should request a Parent Request for Assistance Screening Form from the principal and this will start the student intervention team process.
- Parents of non-public school students, including homeschooled and private schooled may ask for an evaluation, whether or not their student is enrolled in the District’s public school program. If a school-aged student is home or private schooled, the request must be made in writing to the Director of Special Services at the District Office. Parents may call 928-505-6948 to request a Parent Request for Assistance Screening Packet. If a student is attending a private school, the private school will participate in this process.