CHILD FIND SCREENING For Preschool Children (Ages 3-5) within the Stoughton Area School District
The first step in this process is gathering information about the child by filling out the form above. This information is important for us to have whether you would like a Child Find screening or are making a referral for Special Education. It is essential that you make every effort to provide detailed information in the request form. (* items must be completed)
Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth to 21, who are in need of early intervention or special education services. Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all young children with disabilities and their families who are in need of an Early Intervention Program (Part C) or Early Childhood Special Education (Part B) services of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA requires all states to have a "comprehensive Child Find system" to assure that all children who are in need of early intervention or special education services are located, identified, and referred. For more information go to the WI DPI website: Early Childhood: Child Find
If you suspect that your child has a DISABILITY and you feel an IMMEDIATE NEED for a Special Education evaluation complete the Early Childhood Assistance Request above and call the Child Find line at (608) 877-5404
Special Education Evaluation
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), states that all local education agencies (LEA) in Wisconsin must provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE) to children age 3 to 21 who have a disability. Children are evaluated to determine if they meet Special Education Eligibility. Early Childhood Special education programs operate under the supervision of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Special education and related service professionals may provide consultation to staff, direct services to the child, training related to the disability, and other services that are identified in the child's Individualized Education Program (IEP).