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Child Find

The Cave Creek Unified School District has an ongoing responsibility of locating and identifying all children, birth through age 21, who have special needs. The district will provide any child or youth who has a disability an appropriate public education at no cost to the parents of the child. Children or youth with disabilities are those who have hearing impairment, vision impairments, behavioral disorders, deafness and blindness, health impairment, specific learning disabilities, mental disabilities, multiple disabilities, speech and language impairments, physical, autism or traumatic brain injuries. In addition, children with any disability which substantially limits a major life activity may receive modifications to allow them access to an appropriate education. (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act)


The Cave Creek Unified School District requests your help in locating children with disabilities who are eligible to benefit from Special Education. If you know of a preschool age child who is a resident of the District, who may have a disability and is not receiving needed services, please contact: Ms. Jordan Nelson, Psychologist for Preschool at 480-575-2948.



Children with special needs have been assessed by the district special needs staff and have been found to show developmental delays in one or more of the following areas:


  • Personal / social development
  • adaptive / self-help skills
  • fine motor skills
  • gross motor skills
  • language skills / articulation
  • cognitive skills (pre academic skills)
  • sensory motor skills


Determination of eligibility is made by the special needs team, which always includes a parent and may consists of the site Administrator, Teacher, Speech / Occupational / Physical Therapists, and Preschool Psychologist.