Child Find - Evaluation

Do you have concerns for your child's development?

Tacoma Schools provides services to assist in evaluating and identifying students ages birth to 21 with suspected disabilities and who reside within our boundaries.

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Ages Birth to Three

If you suspect delays and your child is younger than 2 years 10 months, contact Pierce County Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT). Phone number: 253-798-3790, pcfrc@piercecountywa.gov

Online referral form

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Ages Three to Five

Your child is eligible for a FREE developmental screening if:

  • Ages 2 years, 10 months to 5 years old (after August 31)
  • Not enrolled in Tacoma Public Schools program
  • Reside within TPS boundaries

Screening does not guarantee placement into a preschool program.

SCREENING REGISTRATION 

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My child is already enrolled in Tacoma Public Schools

Each school has a Child Find/referral team for preschool through twelfth grade. If you have concerns for your child’s development, contact the teacher and school psychologist at your child’s school to initiate a referral as part of the Child Find process.

If your K-12 child attends a private school within Tacoma Public Schools boundaries, you may refer your child to determine the need for a special education evaluation. 

Contact Student Services at 253-571-1096 to request more information.

Verify your address is within TPS boundaries (must use Chrome or Internet Explorer).

If your childcare is within TPS boundaries but you do not reside here, contact your local school district’s Child Find or Student Services office to refer your child for a screening. Every school district offers a similar process.

TPS Boundary verification

Does your preschooler have an IEP from another school district?

Contact Grace Ellen Clark, 253-571-2606. We will request records and provide your child with commensurate services in Tacoma Public Schools.

Screening Dates

2022-2023 School Year

  • September 9
  • September 23
  • October 21
  • November 18
  • December 16
  • January 20
  • February 24
  • March 17
  • April 21
  • May 19

No summer screening.  Screening appointments resume in September

Child Find Screening FAQs

Child Find evaluation and placement FAQs

Contact us

Location:
Willard Early Learning Center 3201 South D Street,
Tacoma 98418 

Preschool:
253-571-2610 

Email: 
Childfind@Tacoma.k12.wa.us

Fax:
253-571-2609 


Elementary:
253-571-1086

Secondary:
253-571-1225