Child Find

Contact Information

Child Find Consultants
Jennifer Adams - 850-638-6131 Ext. 2310 -

Beth Johnson - 850-638-6131 Ext. 2310 -

Overview of Services:

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FDLRS Child Find assists in the location, identification, evaluation and initiation of appropriate education or other needed services for children and youth, birth through 21 years of age who have, or are at risk of developing, special or unique needs and are not enrolled in public school. FDLRS supports the following activities to support early childhood education:

  • Support transition at age three and implementation of the statewide system to measure child outcomes through facilitating collaboration among school districts, the Early Steps program, the Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS) for programs serving prekindergarten children with disabilities, and other early education and care programs in the community.

    • Provide developmental screenings to identify children birth to five years of age who are at-risk or may qualify for services related to exceptional student education using the Children’s Registry and Information System (CHRIS) to document screenings, referrals for evaluations, evaluation outcomes, placement decisions, and transition from the Early Steps program to prekindergarten programs for children with disabilities at age three.

    • Support awareness of materials and provide/facilitate training opportunities related to child development and developmentally appropriate practices.

    • Locate children attending nonpublic schools needing exceptional student education.

Child Find, in coordination with the school districts, assists in the identification of children who may need special services or early intervention. These children, ages ranging from birth through 21– with an emphasis on birth to five, may be eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and links them with needed services.

For Children Ages Birth to 36 Months:

Children ages birth to 36 months are referred to the statewide Early Steps Early Intervention Program. If your child currently receives early intervention services, the Early Steps Transition C to B document will explain the steps in this process.

To Request a Screening Appointment

FDLRS PAEC provides screenings to children 3- 5 years old, who have never attended public school. For children already enrolled in public school or over the age of 6, please contact the school district ESE office in your county of residence.

The parent/guardian may contact our Child Find office to schedule a screening appointment or complete the Child Find Registration Form. If you are from an agency, please complete and return the agency referral form.

Child Find Staff and Office InformationPre School Children Photo

Dr. Jennifer Adams
Office Location: Bay District Schools Special Services Center, 1515 June Av., Panama City, FL 32405
Phone: 850-767-5300


Beth Johnson
Office Location: Panhandle Area Educational Consortium, 753 West Blvd., Chipley, FL 32428 
Phone: 850-638-6131 ext. 2310