What is Child Find and what do we do?

FDLRS Child Find in coordination with the school districts, locates children who are potentially eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and links them with needed services. Child Find services help to promote general public awareness of programs and services available for young children who have or are at risk of developing disabilities. Service coordination for diagnostic screening, placement, training, and support is also provided.

In an effort to locate children ages 3 to 5 (preschool age) who exhibit disabilities or delays in development, FDLRS-South Child Find personnel provides pre-school screenings of vision, hearing, development, speech/language and behavior. Screenings are conducted at multiple school locations throughout the district, early care and education centers, as well as in other facilities in cooperation with health departments, the Early Learning Coalition of Dade and Monroe counties and other community agencies. Child Find personnel also assist the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) and Monroe County School District Pre-K Diagnostic Teams in providing comprehensive screenings to children referred to Child Find for evaluation. 

Sampling of Services offered by Child Find:

  • Child Find Awareness/Outreach
  • Child Find Service Coordination
  • CHRIS Database
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Early Childhood Developmental Screenings, Coordination, and Resources
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Early Learning Coalitions
  • Interagency Collaboration
  • Part C to B Transition Facilitation, Resources, Professional Development, Technical Assistance
  • Pre-K ESE Coordination and Meeting/Support
  • Technical Assistance

Developmental Screening Locations in Miami-Dade County: 

Robert Renick Educational Center

2201 N.W. 207 Street

Miami Gardens, Florida 33056


Thena C. Crowder Early Childhood Diagnostic and Special Education Center

757 NW 66th St

Miami, FL 33150


JRE Lee Educational Center

6521 S.W. 62 Avenue

South Miami, Florida 33143


Center for International Education (CIE)

ESE Student Services Bldg 005 Room 003

900 N.E. 23 Avenue,

Homestead, Florida 33033


Developmental Screening Locations in Monroe County:

Plantation Key School
100 Lake Road

Tavernier, Florida 33070

Ph: 305-340-7634


Stanley Switlik Elementary

3400 Overseas Hwy.

Marathon, Florida 33050

Ph: 305-340-7634


Horace O'Bryant School
1105 Leon Street

Key West, Florida 33040

Ph: 305-340-7634