Early Intervention, Screening and Identification
Early Intervention Colorado
Under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), eligible children are entitled to a multi-disciplinary evaluation, to a single service coordinator who will assist the family in accessing the supports and services that they need, the development of an individualized family services plan (IFSP), the provision of services by qualified personnel in natural environments and the development of a plan for a smooth transition from early intervention to preschool or other appropriate services. To refer your child, go to this part of the Early Intervention Colorado website and select your county, city or zip code to find the contact information of the person in your area who can help you.
Every school district or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) have professionals who are trained to evaluate children in a variety of areas, including cognitive functioning, physical functioning, hearing and vision, speech and language, and social and emotional development. Evaluations are conducted by the Child Find team at no cost to parents. This part of the Colorado Department of Education’s website has information about referral, Individual Education Plans (IEP), the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Preschool Special Education services, and more.
Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs
This part of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website will direct you to clinics that will evaluate your child if you have concerns about your child’s growth and development.