Child Find

Child Find Procedures

Child Find is a legal requirement that schools find all children who have disabilities and who may be entitled to special education services.Child Find covers every child from birth through age 21. The school must evaluate any child that it knows or suspects may have a disability.


Del Valle ISD Child Find efforts include, but are not limited to: district wide publications, coordination with Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) programs, screening clinics, public announcements, putting up posters, handing out literature and presenting to community groups.

Coordination with Community Resources

The Child Find Coordinator annually notifies clinics, doctors’ offices, community fairs, private schools, and charter schools of the process for referring students with disabilities or suspected disabilities for consideration of special education services in the Del Valle Independent School District.

Early Childhood Interventions (ECI) for Infants (Birth to 3 years old)

Del Valle ISD will refer parents and guardians of birth to 3 year-old children with suspected disabilities within 48 hours to an early childhood intervention (ECI) program or to the district’s Child Find Coordinator.


Melissa De Leon, PPCD/Child Find Coordinator
5301 Ross Road #G, P-2
Del Valle TX 78617
Phone: (512)386-3307 Fax: (512) 386-3199

Any Baby Can/Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
Phone: (512) 454-3743 
Fax: (512) 334-4465 

Easter Seals of Central Texas
ECI Program Director Phone: (512) 615-6852  Fax: (512) 615-7123

Bluebonnet Trails Community Services Bastrop County
275 Jackson Street
Bastrop, Texas 78602
Phone: (512) 321-7180  Fax: (512) 321-7133

Del Valle ISD coordinates with ECI agencies to identify children ages birth 3 to years old with auditory and/or visual impairments. ECI agencies and the Education Service Center (ESC) XIII refer these students to Del Valle ISD.


Del Valle ISD Special Education
Melissa De Leon, Child Find/PPCD Coordinator
Phone: (512) 386-3080  Fax: (512) 386-3085

Education Service Center (ESC) XIII
Visual Impairment Phone: (512) 919-5315
Auditory Impairment Phone: (512) 919-5314
Fax: (512) 919-5359

If a visual or auditory impairment is suspected, Del Valle ISD will conduct an evaluation in conjunction with the ECI program and ESC. Del Valle ISD VI and Al teachers are members of the ECI assessment team and participate in the Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP) meetings involving VI/Al students from birth through age 3. Del Valle ISD will provide the deaf education and/or vision services agreed upon in the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) throughout the school year.

Teacher for the Auditory Impaired Rachael Vega
Phone: (512) 386-3391

Teacher for the Visually Impaired DeJean Melton
Phone: (512) 386-3392

Referral Process for Students Ages 5-21

Referral of school-age students for possible special education services is a part of the district’s Student Support Team (SST) process. School-age children and adult students with suspected disabilities are referred for an evaluation by the appropriate campus level assessment personnel. For students residing at the Travis County Correctional Complex, the special education teacher is responsible for identifying students in need of special education services.



If a child served through an ECI program continues to need services beyond his or her third birthday, a transition conference is held between the ECI program and DVISD to ensure a continuum of services.

Transition Services for Children Exiting ECI

At any time after the child’s 27th month, but no later than 90 days before his/her third birthday, with written parental consent, ECI will schedule the Transition Conference and will invite the DVISD Transition Coordinator to the Transition Conference at least 14 days prior. The ECI Service Coordinator will notify the family of the dates available and inform their designated ECI Supervisor of the family’s scheduling choice.

If the child is referred to ECI fewer than 45 days before the child’s third birthday, the ECl/IFSP team may refer the child directly to DVISD with prior written parental consent. This along with any referral made to DVISD after the 90 days prior to the child’s third birthday is considered a community referral and part of Child Find. The DVISD Child Find Coordinator will contact the parents to enroll, evaluate and determine eligibility and need for services.

At the Transition Conference, the family will meet with the DVISD Transition Coordinator who will explain the evaluation process, IDEA Part B eligibility, the ARD process, Least Restrictive Environment, continuum of PPCD services, placement decisions during ARD meeting, transportation, and PPCD placement options. A Transition Conference form will be signed by all present.

After the Transition Conference, if the parent consents to continue, the DVISD Transition Coordinator will provide DVISD PPCD brochures, UT Children’s

Wellness Center information, ARD process guide, Procedural Safeguards, Child Information Questionnaire, DVISD enrollment application and Prior Written Notice.


Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD)

Any child between the ages of 3 and 5 years-old, whose parents or guardians live within the Del Valle School District, may be referred for an evaluation to determine eligibility and need for special education services. Referrals may be initiated by: parents, physicians, Early Childhood Intervention Programs, or day care centers. Eligibility is determined after a Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE) is completed and the child demonstrates a disability and an educational need for interventions. At the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) meeting, eligibility is determined and if the child is eligible for services, education goals are developed and services are discussed.


The Little Cardinals Club

The Little Cardinals Club is a PPCD speech/language program at the CDC. This program is designed for typically developing children in need of speech services. Students come to the speech room for small group therapy. They experience group and individual activities guided by a speech therapist with same age peers. There is also opportunity for inclusion activities with non-disabled peers. They are introduced to social and academic skills for school readiness.

Drop-In Speech

For parents who wish to have their child attend their home campus, 3 & 4 year-old students who are not attending school may receive speech services at their home campus. The speech therapist will integrate the child with preschool students in a small therapy group.

Structured Learning

For students who demonstrate global delays in more than one area and/or may need a structured setting to ensure mastery of goals, DVISD offers these services at various campuses. Three year old students attend the Structured Learning classroom at the CDC in order to incorporate their inclusion time with the 3 year olds attending the Child Development Center. Four year olds attend Baty Elementary and Gilbert Elementary School and share their inclusion time with PK students. Five year olds attend the structured learning class at their home campus.

Measuring Early Childhood Outcomes Childhood Outcome Survey Forms

Del Valle ISD collects and submits to TEA data on children participating in early childhood special education programs (PPCD). The PPCD/Child Find Coordinator is responsible for collection data and making timely reports to TEA.

Data is taken from Childhood Outcome Survey Form (COSF) that is completed when a child first enters PPCD and receives services and then again when the child exits PPCD either from dismissal or aging out by turning six. The student’s case manager is responsible for filling out the COSF entry form 30 school days after the child starts services and the exit form 30 school days after the student is dismissed (or before the end of his or her kindergarten year).