Early Childhood Programs

Committed to ensuring that children with special needs are identified, evaluated, and appropriately served in Southwestern Colorado.

San Juan BOCES Child Find
701 Camino Del Rio
Suite 221
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 946-5253
(970) 403-1748  fax
The first five years of your child's development are crucial. The Child Find Team at San Juan BOCES is available to provide FREE screenings and evaluations for children birth to 5 years of age who are suspected of having a developmental delay or disability. These screenings can answer many questions about your child's development, and are intended to identify children who may need extra support.

The Child Find Team includes:


  • Child Find Coordinator
  • Early Childhood Special Educators
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Speech/Language Pathologists
  • School Psychologists
  • School Social Workers



How do I decide if my child should be seen?
Child Find provides developmental assessments for young children (birth through 5 years of age) for whom there may be a question of a developmental delay.

Do you have concerns about:

  • How your child’s speech is developing?
  • How your child is learning?
  • How your child sees or hears?
  • How your child plays/interacts with other children?
  • How your child moves his/her body and/or uses his/her hands for daily tasks?
  • How your child reacts to difficult situations or transitions?


If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, you can call to request a FREE screening or additional information from the Child Find Coordinator.

How much does a Child Find assessment cost?
Child Find is a FREE service to the public and is funded by your tax dollars.

How do I contact Child Find?
If your child is birth to 3 years of age, contact Community Connections at (970) 259-2464.
Website: https://www.communityconnectionsco.org

Community Connections supports kids and families in Montezuma, Dolores, La Plata, Archuleta and San Juan counties through Early Intervention programs: San Juan Kids and Southwest Kids; and through a Family Support Services Program.  Community Connections holds evaluations and children receive an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), with services generally received in the home setting.

If your child is 3 to 5 years of age, contact San Juan BOCES Child Find at (970) 247-3261, Ext 360
Eligible children receive an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and most children receive their services within a preschool setting with their same age peers.

If your child is 5 to 21 years of age, contact your neighborhood school.
Many families speak with their child's teacher first.

Child Find Referral Flow Chart
Chart of referral process
Community Referrals Flow Chart
Interested in referring a child for a free screening?  Download the Request for BOCES Screening form, or call us direct at (970) 946-5253
Understand your rights as a parent whose child is evaluated for special education services in Colorado.  Download the State Parental Rights booklet.
Aviso de garantías de procedimiento. Derechos de los padres y sus hijos.
CDE POLICY STATEMENT: Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs (Nov. 28, 2023) - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act