Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) is run through the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Around the time that children receiving services are about the age of two years and six months, they are introduced to their home school district. This gives the school district’s Special Education Services Department time to review each file to determine the need for school based special education services. The goal of 100% compliance is a multidisciplinary team effort between DDD and the home school district to either find the children eligible or not eligible for special education services and present them, as indicated, with an established intervention plan by the time they are three years old.
What is Child Find?
What are the areas addressed during the Child Find screenings?
The screening also includes a brief medical history review and family interview.
What are the Child Find screening dates?
CUSD offers four separate preschool programs following a continuum of services to most appropriately meet students' needs. In order, from the least restrictive environment, they range from Typical student pre-academics to itinerant services to head start placement to self contained. The team considers each option prior to making service delivery decisions.
CUSD offers two locations: Coolidge High School, located in Coolidge, and San Tan Heights Elementary School, located in San Tan Valley. Each location has three separate preschool classes. Preschool typically runs three to four times a week for two or three hours each day. Children requiring preschool as part of their Individualized Education Plan will receive preschool services at no cost. There is a tuition amount of $4.85/hour for families interested in enrolling their typically developing children into our program.
Both Coolidge High and San Tan Heights Elementary preschools are licensed under the Department of Health Services. Each facility is required by state law to be inspected using State standards at least once per year. The surveys are conducted by licensed surveyors.
The Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 includes Head Start programs developing a memorandum of understanding with local entities responsible for managing publicly funded preschool programs in the same service areas as the Head Start programs. Coolidge Unified School district continues active participation and support partnerships with area Head Start Programs. This Agreement applies only to preschool children with disabilities ages two year and nine months to non-kindergarten eligible five-year-olds in accordance with CUSD policy. Children who qualify for special services will receive screenings, evaluations and, as indicated, intervention plans providing needed services to promote development.