Child Find: Developmental Screening

The Puyallup School District offers a variety of resources for parents concerned about their child’s development or progress.

The screenings, evaluations, and services listed below are free and are part of the district’s federal mandate to provide Child Find activities and services as part of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act.

Children ages 3 to 5 not yet of kindergarten age

The district offers free developmental screening during the school year for children ages 3 to 5 who are not yet kindergarten age. The screenings address suspected developmental delays in preschool-aged children in communication, learning, physical development, social/emotional skills, and self-help skills. Vision and hearing screenings are also administered.

Screening information is used to determine if a child needs further evaluation. Preschool-aged students who have been evaluated as needing special education services and have a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) may be eligible for one of the district’s early childhood programs.

These services are available to all families who live within Puyallup School District boundaries. For more information or to schedule a screening appointment, call the Child Find secretary at (253) 841-8700.

Currently there are developmental preschool programs at the following elementary schools.


School Address Phone
Carson Elementary 8615 184th St. E (253) 840-8808
Puyallup, WA 98375
Dessie Evans Elementary 7911 144th St. E
Puyallup, WA 98375
(253) 864-5501
Edgerton Elementary 16528 127th Ave Court E (253) 840-8809
Puyallup, WA 98374
Firgrove Elementary 13918 Meridian S. (253) 841-8733
Puyallup, WA 98374
Karshner Elementary 1328 Eighth Avenue NW (253) 841-8736
Puyallup, WA 98371
Maplewood Elementary 1110 West Pioneer (253) 841-8737
Puyallup, WA 98371
Stewart Elementary 426 Fourth Avenue NE (253) 841-8743
Puyallup, WA 98372
Sunrise Elementary 2323 39th Avenue SE (253) 841-8744
Puyallup, WA 98374
Wildwood Elementary 1601 26th Avenue SE (253) 841-8746
Puyallup, WA 98374
Zeiger Elementary 13008  94th Avenue E (253) 841-8663
Puyallup, WA 98373

Required immunizations for preschoolers

Immunizations are required for all preschoolers, and additional information regarding these requirements will be provided to parents prior to enrollment in a district preschool program.

The following vaccines are required for preschool students after July 1, 2010:

Diphtheria, Tetanus, and acellular Pertussis, (DTaP). Four doses.

  • Hib. Four doses. One dose of Hib is required if the only dose has been given on or after 15 months of age.
  • Polio vaccine. Three doses.
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR). One dose. Must be received on or after the first birthday. Must be given the same day or 28 days before or after the Varicella.
  • Hepatitis B. Three doses.
  • Varicella (chickenpox). One dose. Must be received on or after the first birthday. Must be given the same day or at least 28 days before or after the MMR.
  • Pneumococcal (PCV): Full immunization is four doses by 24 months, three doses if the initial two doses were given before 12 months, two doses if both doses were received between 12-15 months, or one dose if the only dose given was on or after 24 months.

Required immunizations can be obtained from a family physician or by contacting the Good Samaritan Mobile Health Service at (253) 697-8160. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and a shot record is required. Visit the Multicare Mobile Health Services Web site.

Preschool-aged children under age 3

If there are concerns regarding the development of a child under the age of three, free screenings and services are available to Puyallup School District residents. For additional information regarding these screenings/services, contact Pierce County Community Connections at (253)798-3790.

School-aged children

Parents who have concerns about their school-aged child’s development or progress in school are encouraged to discuss these concerns with the student’s teacher, principal, or school psychologist.

Transfer preschool age students

For transfer preschool age students who are already eligible for special education services and have a current IEP, please contact the Special Services department at (253) 841-8700. Once placement and eligibility are determined, directions for enrollment will be arranged with the parent.