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Child Find

We want to do all we can with our EI program before we determine that a student requires special education services.  However, if you suspect that your student has a disability, here are the steps we will take:

If your child is in Bright Start or FACES, the team will meet with the District team to discuss a transition or an exit from their early start program.  Exposure to a preschool program may be enough to address the developmental delays your child has been experiencing.

If your child is not from Bright Start of Faces, the following steps will be taken:

  1. In writing, provide a request for the multi-disciplinary team to meet with you and your child in an intake meeting. The team will work with you to determine next steps.  
  2. Based on a multi-disciplinary observation in a fun-filled play setting, the team will determine whether your student will benefit from EI support, or if an assessment is required.  Although our program is designed to provide a language-rich EI environment and we will work closely with you to monitor your child’s response to intervention, this does not take the place of an assessment should the team feel that your child has a disability.  

If your child is enrolled in a private preschool or is staying at home and you suspect your child has a disability:

  1. Request a screening in writing and the team will hold an intake meeting and work with you to determine next steps.  If you live in our attendance area, and you qualify for services, you do not have to be enrolled in the Exeter program to get the support that your child needs. 

Please note: a doctor can write a referral, but the process will be the same.  A doctor may also write a prescription for an IEP, but the process will be the same. We will do an intake and work with you to determine next steps for your child. 

From an IFSP to Preschool: don’t fear. Your early start case manager will arrange a meeting with the school age team when your student is 2.6 years old.  By age 3, we will be ready to serve your child.  Enrollment requirements are the same as above…enrollment packet, birth certificate, vaccines and proof of residency.

If you know of a child who has one or more of the following disabilities (or you suspect a child has a disability) please let us know. We’re here to help.

  • Autism
  • blindness or vision impairment
  • deafness or hearing impairment
  • intellectual disability
  • developmental disability
  • learning disability
  • physical or orthopedic disability
  • speech/language difficulty
For more information, or to refer a child, please call the Child Find Program at (559) 730-2910 ext. 5125 or your local school. The program is located in the Tulare County Office of Education at 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia.