Shelton's Child Find

Child Find

Child Find

A component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) requires school districts to locate, identify and evaluate all children with disabilities ages birth through twenty-one, who are in need of early intervention or special education and related services. 

Parents and Guardians should contact Child Find if they: 

  • Have questions about whether their child has a disability
  • Are concerned about their infant, toddler, or preschooler's development
  • Know their child has a disability and are looking for appropriate educational services

Children are evaluated for a suspected disability differently depending on their age. See the chart below to learn how to request an evaluation of your child. All evaluations are provided at no cost.

Infant and Toddler
0-3 Years Old

Screenings/Evaluations for infants and toddlers, birth through three years old, residing in The Shelton School District are offered through the South Sound Parent to Parent Program.

Screenings/Evaluations will help parents and itinerants determine if your infant or toddler is following a typical pattern of development. If appropriate, the South Sound Parent to Parent Program will provide early intervention help for your child.

If you have questions, contact:
South Sound Parent to Parent
(360) 352-1126


Preschool Age Children
3-5 Years Old

Developmental screening/evaluations are provided by The Shelton School District’s Early Learning Center for children 3-5 years old. Screenings are scheduled monthly to determine if any and in what area(s) your child may require an evaluation if appropriate. If your child qualifies, your child will receive services at the Early Learning Center.

If you have questions or concerns about your preschooler's development, or to refer a child for screening/evaluation, contact:

Jackeline Apaez
at the Early Learning Center
(360) 462-2139


School Age Children
5-21 Years Old

The Shelton School District identifies children ages 5 through 21 who may have a disability. A parent, staff member, or outside person may refer a student at their local school.

To refer a student for evaluation please contact the students home room teacher:

BDX: (360) 426-3253
(360) 426-8281
(360) 426-8564
OMS: (360) 462-6671
OBJH: (360) 426-7991
SHS: (360) 426-4471
(360) 426-7664
Cedar: (360) 462-2657

  • 700 S. First St., Shelton, WA 98584
  • p: 360-426-1687
  • f: 360-427-8610

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: Shelton School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Title IX Coordinator: Tabitha Whiting, Executive Dir. of Human Resources; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-1687; Email: [email protected]

Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Ivy Kardes, Director of Special Services; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-2151; Email: [email protected]

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator: Tabitha Whiting, Executive Dir. of Human Resources; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-1687; Email: [email protected]

Gender Inclusive School Coordinator: Rich Squire, Safety and Security Manager; 700 S. 1st Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-6322; Email: [email protected]

You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint.

For a copy of your district’s nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or district office or view Policy and Procedure 3210 online here: Policy & Procedure - Shelton School District

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