What is a Child Find Screening?
Screening is a free check of your child’s development that will include:
- Large muscle development (gross motor skills)
- Eye-hand coordination (fine motor skills)
- Communication skills
- Concepts (cognitive skills)
- Social/emotional skills
- Self-help skills
What is the purpose of a Child Find Screening?
The purpose of the screening is to identify any factors that may interfere with your child’s learning, growth and development. The screening is also provided to help parents identify their child’s strengths and weaknesses and provide home suggestions and/or further evaluation if needed in any area of concern.
What happens during a Child Find Screening?
During the screening your child may stack small blocks, cut with scissors, draw, count, name colors, jump and will have fun! Following the screening, a trained professional will talk with you about the results of the screening. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions about your child’s development. You may be given home suggestions, referred on for further testing or be scheduled to have skills rechecked at a later date. The screening process usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour.
Who is eligible to be screened?
Any child, birth to age five, whose family or caregiver would like more information about their child’s development. All school districts within Washington state have Child Find screenings available. If your family is living in a temporary situation you may contact the district where you are staying to attend a screening. Free screenings also occur annually through a partnership with the Opportunity Council.
For more information and to schedule a screening, please contact: Special Education at 360-676-6470, ext. 4408, email BPS.Preschool@BellinghamSchools.org or fill out the form below.
Update: April 14, 2020
Due to school closures we are temporarily not accepting referrals for preschool. We will reach out to families in the fall. If you have questions, please use the contact information above. Thank you!