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    Child Find, an IDEA mandate, seeks to locate all children with disabilities who would benefit from public services. They provide an initial referral point for children not enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. Additionally, they conduct outreach efforts to identify at-risk children who may not be independently referred.

    If you suspect a child has a disability, they are over the age of three, and are not currently enrolled in Seattle Public Schools contact Child Find.

    Birth to Three years old

    Birth-Three Services are not administered by Seattle Public Schools. Special education services, required by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) part B, for children age Birth-Three is administered by Within Reach of Washington State, and referred through Child Find. Contact Within Reach of Washington State toll free on their Family Health Hotline: 800-756-5437.

    Three to Five years old

    Seattle Public Schools offers special education services for children age 3-5 determined eligible through evaluation. A continuum of preschool placements is available to serve a range of student need based on each child’s Individual Education Program (IEP) . Pre-school age children may be eligible to receive services through Seattle Public Schools. If you are concerned that a preschooler may have a disability or delay in development, contact Child Find or Call 206-252-0805 for screening and referral.

    For questions regarding enrolling your typically developing preschooler in our program, please contact the preschool in your neighborhood.

    Five to Twenty one years old

    School age students not enrolled in Seattle Public Schools may be eligible to receive services through Seattle Public Schools. Contact the special education private school supervisor at 206-252-0870.

    Private school students

    School-age students who attend a private school within district boundries or reside in the district may be referred for evaluation. If eligible, they can receive services at a Seattle Public Schools site.

    Students not attending an approved school program

    School age students who are homeschooled, homeless, wards of the state, highly mobile, or migrant and reside in the district may be referred for evaluation. If eligible, they can receive services at a Seattle Public Schools site.