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APS Child Find in Early Childhood

APS Early Childhood has been awarded a Guhl Literacy Grant. We are excited to begin implementation of our book project, "I see Me!" for our APS SPED Preschool Classrooms.

APS Early Childhood has been awarded a Guhl Literacy GrantWe are excited to begin implementation of our project, I See Me! Book Project for our APS SPED Preschool Classrooms.

What is Child Find? Child Find is a part of the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities ages three to 21 who are in need of special education services. 

Albuquerque Public Schools conducts screening and evaluations of preschool-aged children who are suspected of having developmental delays or disabilities in one or more of the following areas:

  • Communication Skills
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Motor Skills
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Social/Emotional Skills
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Orthopedic Needs

Who should be screened?

Children who:

  • Have parents/guardians with concerns about their development (concerns about child's speaking, understanding of language, learning, eye-hand coordination, movement, socialization, hearing, vision, or other reasons).
  • Are 3 years old, but still younger than kindergarten age (5 years old before Sept. 1st.)
  • Are residents of the Albuquerque Public School District.

 What will happen at the screening?

  • Screening takes about 45 minutes. The screener will play with your child using developmental screening tools.
  • You will be asked questions about things your child may do at home or in childcare.
  • Children will have their vision and hearing checked.

What will happen after the screening?

The screener and parent will talk about the outcome of the screening and any next steps to take. This may include further evaluation(s) or referrals to other community services.

How does a screening get scheduled?

Please call the APS Child find office at 505.855.9930 or email to get the process started. All screenings, evaluations, and services are at no cost. 

For questions regarding Early Childhood Pre-K special education, please contact Melanie Blea at  or 505.855.9909.