Preschool Child Find Screening

    What Is Child Find?

    Child Find is part of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) that requires districts to locate, identify, and evaluate children ages 3 to 21 who may have disability.


    Why Should I Call?

    Services are available to assist children with special needs. Call to schedule a screening appointment if you are concerned that a child may have a delay in one or more of the following areas of development:

    • Cognitive Skills
    • Communication Skills
    • Daily Living Skills
    • Motor Skills
    • Vision
    • Hearing

    Parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers may make a referral. However, a parent or legal guardian must give written permission for screening to occur. There is no cost for screening, evaluation, or recommended services.


    Who Should I Call?

    Child Find


    If you are aware of a preschooler  from 3 to 5 years of age who may need special services, please call (803) 691-3993 or (803) 691-4929 to schedule an appointment.


    If you have a child already in a Richland One school who may need special services,  please contact your school and express your concerns to your child’s teacher, school administrator, or guidance counselor.


    Please contact the Special Services Department at (803) 231-6778.


    What Is a Screening?

    A screening is a series of short tests and professional observations in various developmental areas. For ages 3—5, screening days are held throughout the year at our Preschool Evaluation Center located in the Pendergrass-Fairwold Center. The student will rotate through the following screening stations according to need:

    • Vision, Hearing, Speech
    • Language, Developmental
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) / Physical Therapy (PT)

    Children who are suspected of having a delay in one or more areas will be recommended for a further evaluation to determine if they qualify for special education services.


    Special Services Department
    621 Bluff Rd.
    Columbia, SC 29201 (803) 231-6773
    Preschool Special Education/Child Find
    5935 Token Street
    Columbia, SC 29203 (803) 691-3993



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