Child Find Screenings

Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires states to have a comprehensive system to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all children with disabilities for early intervention or special education services. Preschool screenings are conducted at least three times a year by trained district staff. The Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning- 4th edition (DIAL-4) is used to assess the child's motor, language, and conceptual skills. Behavior, vision and hearing, self-help, and social skills are also noted during the screening. The DIAL-4 provides scores that indicate how the child's developmental skills compare with those of the national norm-group of typical children the same age from across the United States.

Screening results are used to determine eligibility for the District's Pre-Kindergarten Program as well as being an important element of our District's Child Find responsibilities. Each parent participates in an exit interview following the completion of their child's screening. The exit interview provides the parent not only preliminary results but an opportunity to have questions answered regarding available resources and supports. Parents receive a letter in the mail within two weeks of the screening stating the screening team's recommendations.


Screenings are available for any preschool aged child who resides within Lansing School District 158 boundaries. The screenings are free as the cost is covered by the Illinois Preschool for All Grant. Our next preschool screening will take place in January. If you are interested in a preschool screening by call (708)474-4868.