Child Find Screenings

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.


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,

Online referral form


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


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 

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 Child Find, 253-571-2610, or We will request records and provide your child with commensurate services in Tacoma Public Schools.

Screening Dates

2024-2025 School Year

  • September 20th (for children not already enrolled in preschool)
  • October 4th
  • October 25th
  • November 15th
  • December 20th
  • January 24th
  • February 21st
  • March 21st
  • April 25th
  • May 16th

No summer screening.  Screening appointments resume in September

Child Find Screening FAQs

Child Find evaluation and placement FAQs