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Child Find is a program mandated by the Commonwealth of Virginia which serves children from birth to age 22 and their families. School districts are directed to screen, identify, and evaluate those students who might need special education services to support their learning.

For information about typical preschool development, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Developmental screening can be provided free of charge by Child Find if parents have concerns about a child's development in speech and language, fine motor, gross motor, cognitive, social-emotional, or self-help skills.

Those children identified as eligible may receive special education services through Falls Church City Public Schools. Child Find is an opportunity for children with special needs to receive early intervention services. The screening is used to determine if further intervention or assessment for special education may be appropriate. If the results of testing suggest that services are needed, we will make a referral to special education and a request for parental permission for evaluation.

Jessie Thackrey Preschool holds a Child Find Screenings on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 1:15 p.m. -3:15 p.m. Children must be two years old by September 30th of the current school year.

Contact Marie Baroody, rbaroody@fccps.org, 571-395-8612 to discuss any concerns or to schedule an appointment.

Download Preschool Child Find brochure.