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Child Find
- Early Childhood Services -
Serving Children Ages 3 to 5


Our Mission:

The Elko County School Districts Early Childhood Special Education Program is committed to the continued growth and development of children ages three through five years. All aspects of communication, cognition, social-emotional, and motor skill development are addressed in order to promote continuous growth in all children. The various components of this special education program provide individualized services to children who meet eligibility requirements.

What is Child Find?
Child Find strives to increase public awareness of what constitutes a developmental delay and is the first step in identifying children who may benefit from early intervention services. Child Find also offers information about services that available to children and their families. The purpose of Child Find is to provide free developmental assessments to identify if a child's development in the areas of speech, language, behavior, social skills, motor skills, and learning, are on track.

Eligibility Requirements

1. A child must be 3-5 years of age. 
2. Be an Elko County resident.
 
3. Complete an assessment process. 
4. Meet eligibility requirements established by the State of Nevada.

Once eligibility has been established an individualized educational plan will be completed

Eligibility Categories 

Developmentally delayed in one or more of the following areas as determined by a comprehensive assessment: 

Cognitive Abilities 
Social or Emotional Condition 
Receptive or Expressive Language 
Self-Help Skills 
Gross/Fine Motor Function 

Or identified with an impairment which has been established by the Nevada Administrative Code: 

Autism 
Hearing Impairment 
Visual Impairment 
Orthopedic Impairment 
Health Impairment 
Speech and Language Impairment

 Assessment 

Once a child find referral is received, a team of school district professional staff, which may include an Early Childhood Teacher, a Speech/Language Pathologist, and a School Psychologist, collect appropriate information through formal and informal assessment methods. 

The assessment includes: 

1. A screening for hearing and vision 
2. Obtaining a developmental history of the child from the parents/guardians. 
3. The staff, along with the parents, make a determination of eligibility based on state guidelines.

The team may also determine that a need exists for assessment in the areas of occupational and physical therapy.