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Child Find: Developmental Screening 


The Puyallup School District offers a variety of resources for parents concerned about their child’s development or progress.

Screening information is used to determine if a child needs further evaluation. The screenings, evaluations, and services listed below are free and are part of the district’s federal mandate to provide Child Find activities and services as part of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act.

Children Ages 3 to 5 Not Yet of Kindergarten Age

The district offers free developmental screening during the school year for children between the ages 3 and 5 who are not yet kindergarten age. These screenings address suspected developmental delays for preschool-aged children in the following areas: communication, cognition, physical development, social/emotional skills, and adaptive self-help skills. Vision and hearing screenings are also administered.

These services are available to all families who live within Puyallup School District boundaries. For more information or to schedule a screening appointment, call (253) 841-8700.

Children age 3 by September 1st experiencing homelessness, or temporarily housed, can still access Child Find and other services. 

Currently there are developmental preschool programs at the following elementary schools.

Required Immunizations for Preschoolers

You can access detailed preschool age appropriate vaccination requirements from the Washington State Department of Health. You can contact your Health Care Provider to schedule immunizations. Free and Low-Cost immunizations are also available. Visit the Mary Bridge Multicare Mobile Immunization Clinic website for more information.

Preschool-aged Children Under Age 3

If there are concerns regarding the development of a child under the age of 3, free screenings and services are available to Puyallup School District residents. For additional information regarding these screenings/services, contact Pierce County Human Services by phone at (253)798-3790, or by email:

School-aged Children

Parents who have concerns about their school-aged child’s development or progress in school are encouraged to discuss these concerns with the student’s teacher, principal, or school psychologist.

Transfer Preschool Age Students

For transfer of preschool age students who are already eligible for special education services and/or have a current IEP, please contact the Special Services department at (253) 841-8700. Once placement and eligibility are determined, directions for enrollment will be arranged with the parent.