About Child Find
Child Find is a community service provided by the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) in cooperation with Bay District Schools to identify children in need of special services.


Preschool screenings are available two times a month throughout the year. Screenings focus on the areas of:

  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Pre-Academics
  • Speech & Language
  • Gross & Fine Motor Skills
  • Behavior & Social Interaction
  • Self-Help


A child is eligible for screening if they are:


  • Ages 3-5 
  • Potentially in need of special services
  • Not currently enrolled in a Bay District School program


The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System is funded through IDEA, Part B, Title II (Preschool), and State


Child Find assists parents and schools in the early identification of children who are at risk of developing special or unique needs and who are not being served in a public school. The target is birth through 21 years with primary emphasis on children birth to 5 years of age
Anyone interested in scheduling an appointment or in learning more about the Child Find Preschool Screening  program may contact:

Jennifer Adams (adamsj@paec.org) (850) 767-5300 or Kathryn Hudson 850-767-5301

The Most Important Years in Your Childs Life...


When it comes to your child, YOU are the expert!

Your children will learm more during their first 5 years than they will in the next 50; to talk, to walk, feed and dress themselves.  It is very important that they are able to learn and develop to the best of their abilities.

However, children can have problems -- emotional, physical or learning -- that get in the way of their development.  The sooner problems are identified, the earsier they are to over come.

That's where YOU come in!

A Developmental Checklist which has been designed to enable you to check your child's development during the first 5 years of life.  It is easy to use and will take just a few minutes at each level.  At each age level, read the activities and mark off the ones your child can do.  If you are uncertain about a particular activity, take a minute to test your child, to see if he/she can perform the particular task.

If your child cannot do 2 or 3 of the tasks listed for his age group, he/she may have a problem, and it's a good idea to check it out with a health professional.

If you have questions regarding your child's development, please contact the ESE Department of your local school district or you can call the Child Find office at 1-877-873-7232 serving Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Walton, and Washington counties. 


Developmental Checklist (pdf)


Caryl VanDeBoe
Doctor of Audiology