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Student listening to a computerDysart Unified School District is looking for students aged 2 years 9 months through 5 years who may have suspected delays. It’s a fact that children with special needs benefit from early intervention.  It’s also a fact that many of Arizona’s preschool children with special needs do not receive services because we don’t know who they are. If you are the parent of a preschool child or know of a preschool child with suspected developmental delays, and reside within the boundaries of the Dysart Unified School District, please contact the the district at 623 876 7022 option #2 to schedule a free screening.  Suspected delays may be evidenced in the areas of communication, cognition, behavior, as well as in physical, auditory, visual and sensory development. Free screenings and/or diagnostic evaluations are provided by the Dysart Unified School District to help determine those children eligible for special education services. Please call the Exceptional Student Services Department at (623) 876-7022 option #2, for a screening appointment.    If we can find these children, we can help them!

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA)requires that public school agencies ensure all children (from birth through age 21) with delays or developmental disabilities are identified, located, and evaluated to receive the supports and services they need. This includes all children living within the geographic boundaries of the school district – those who are homeless or wards of the state, are attending private schools, or are home schooled.

Public schools and the Arizona Early Intervention Program are responsible for “finding” eligible children and providing services needed for them to reach their developmental milestones or meet their educational needs.

Early intervention supports and services assist families of eligible children by helping children ages birth to 3 years develop to their full potential. In Arizona, early intervention services are provided through the Early Intervention Program (AzEIP).

If you reside within the Dysart Unified School district and would like to schedule a free Child Find Screening for your child, please contact

DUSD Child Find: 623 876-7022 option #2 

For additional information about child find for children younger than 2 years 9 months, please contact the following agency:

Department of Economic Security