Diverse Learners

Special Education Supports and Services

Early Screening and Interventions

Screenings and Assessments

Child Find Screening Team

Our Child Find screening team provides free early childhood developmental screenings for children birth to age 5 who reside within the city of Chicago.

Developmental screenings can show if a child is having difficulties with cognitive/academic, communication, social-emotional, and fine/gross motor skills. A hearing and vision screening is also available.

Due to COVID-19, the Chicago Board of Education Offices have implemented a telework plan through the remainder of the school year. As a result, the Child Find Screening Program will not be providing onsite screenings for the remainder of this school year and through the summer months as previously indicated on the CF calendar. If you are interested in scheduling a remote developmental screening for your child (or have additional questions) please contact: CPS Child Find Coordinator at 773-251-4855 or email dmfuller-clark@cps.edu.

Citywide Assessment Team

Our citywide assessment team conducts high-quality assessments for any child living within the boundaries of the city of Chicago.

To ensure success in an academic setting, we use formal and informal assessments to ensure a thorough and holistic look at each student's strengths and needs. Evaluators may include a school psychologist, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapist, physical therapist, school social worker, nurse, teacher, and case manager.

The results of the evaluation are discussed with the parent/guardian along with next steps.

Early Childhood Specialized Services

CPS provides early childhood specialized services to students 3 to 5 years of age based on the needs identified in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). The Office of Diverse Learner Supports & Services works closely with the Office of Early Childhood Education to provide all students with access to high quality, individualized instruction.

Learn more about Early Childhood Education

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Have Questions?

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For questions around special education services, please contact the School Assignments | ODLSS District Representative assigned to support the specific school.

Contact Information

Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services

42 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 773-553-1800
Fax: 773-553-1801
Email: odlss@cps.edu

School Assignment Services
Phone: 773-553-1847

Student Transportation
Phone: 773-553-2860

Nursing Information
Phone: 773-553-4589

Page Last Modified on Tuesday, June 02, 2020