Search to Serve at WESD

  • Search to Serve conducts Child Find activities in the WESD. The purpose of Child Find is to locate and evaluate children aged two years and nine months to five years old suspected of having a disability. If the disability impacts his/her learning or educational performance, special education and/or related services may be recommended. If you have or know a child who seems to have difficulty speaking or learning, help is available. 

  • Search to Serve is located at
    The Service Center Annex
    1502 W. Mountain View Rd.
    Phoenix, AZ 85021
  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who May Refer My Child?

  • When Should a Child Be Referred?

  • What Should be Expected at a Screening Appointment?

  • The Process

    Based on your child's screening results, a follow-up meeting to determine further evaluation or interventions may be recommended.

  • Screening

  • Evaluation Appointment

  • Multi-disciplinary Evaluation Team Meeting

  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

  • WESD Special Needs Preschool Program

    WESD offers a Special Needs Preschool Program designed for children identified through the Child Find Process. This program is:

    • A free program intended for children 2.9 - 5 years old with an identified disability.
    • For children who live within the Washington Elementary School District boundaries.
    • Staffed with an Early Childhood Special Education teacher and one or more teaching assistants
    • Designed with in-class therapies (speech, language, occupational and physical therapy) for two and a half hours a day, four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday).
    • A language rich, play based program that provides developmentally appropriate instruction guided by Arizona State Early Learning Standards.