Three to Five

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System Child Find

The Prekindergarten Program for Children with Disabilities is available in all Florida school districts for eligible children, ages three through five. Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) Child Find Specialists work with school districts to locate children who are potentially eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and link them with needed services.

Child Find services help promote general public awareness of programs and services available for young children who have or are at risk of developing disabilities. Service coordination for diagnostic screening, placement, training, and support is also provided.

Features of FDLRS Child Find

  • Provides developmental screenings to identify children birth through five years of age who are at risk or may qualify for services related to exceptional student education using the Children's Registry and Information System (CHRIS) to document screenings, referrals for evaluations, evaluation outcomes, placement decisions, and transition from the Early Steps program to prekindergarten programs for children with disabilities at age three.
  • Supports awareness of materials and provides/facilitates training opportunities related to child development and developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Locates children attending nonpublic schools needing exceptional student education.
  • Supports transition at age three and implementation of the statewide system to measure child outcomes through facilitating collaboration among school districts, the Early Steps program, the Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS) for programs serving prekindergarten children with disabilities, and other early education and care programs in the community.

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