Early Childhood

Our Mission:

The Elko County School Districts Early Childhood Special Education Program is committed to the continued growth and development of children ages three through five years. All aspects of communication, cognition, social-emotional, and motor skill development are addressed in order to promote continuous growth in all children. The various components of this special education program provide individualized services to children who meet eligibility requirements.

What is Child Find?

Child Find strives to increase public awareness of what constitutes a developmental delay and is the first step in identifying children who may benefit from early intervention services. Child Find also offers information about services that available to children and their families. The purpose of Child Find is to provide free developmental assessments to identify if a child's development in the areas of speech, language, behavior, social skills, motor skills, and learning, are on track.

Eligibility Requirements

A child must be 3-5 years of age.
Be an Elko County resident.
Complete an assessment process.
Meet eligibility requirements established by the State of Nevada.

Once eligibility has been established an individualized educational plan will be completed

Eligibility Categories

Developmentally delayed in one or more of the following areas as determined by a comprehensive assessment:

Cognitive Abilities Social or Emotional Condition
Receptive or Expressive Language
Self-Help Skills
Gross/Fine Motor Function

Or identified with an impairment which has been established by the Nevada Administrative Code:

Hearing Impairment
Visual Impairment
Orthopedic Impairment
Health Impairment
Speech and Language Impairment


Once a child find referral is received, a team of school district professional staff, which may include an Early Childhood Teacher, a Speech/Language Pathologist, and a School Psychologist, collect appropriate information through formal and informal assessment methods.

The assessment includes:

A screening for hearing and vision
Obtaining a developmental history of the child from the parents/guardians.
The staff, along with the parents, make a determination of eligibility based on state guidelines.

The team may also determine that a need exists for assessment in the areas of occupational and physical therapy.