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Thoughtful Parenting: Free developmental screenings for preschool children in Routt County

Brett Eavenson
For Steamboat Pilot & Today

Over the course of several weeks in March, all three school districts in Routt County will offer free developmental screenings for children turning 3 by Oct. 1 to 5 who reside in Routt County. Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt school districts, in partnership, with the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services are hosting these community events. Developmental screenings will be offered by appointment only and will take place at your child’s district of residency.

  • For families who reside in Steamboat Springs School District, developmental screenings will be offered on Tuesday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 6. To schedule a screening in Steamboat Springs, contact Jennifer Kotara at 970-871-3198.
  • For families who reside in South Routt School District, developmental screenings will be offered on Monday, March 11, and Tuesday, March 12. To schedule a screening in South Routt, contact Cindy Ashley at 907-870-2659 or
  • For families who reside in Hayden School District, screenings will be offered on Wednesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 21. To schedule a screening in Hayden, contact Michelle Vietanen after March 1 at 970-276-3756.

Developmental screening takes a closer look at how your child is developing and meeting typical milestones in the areas of playing, learning, speaking, moving and socializing. If you have any questions, concerns or are curious about your child’s development in any of these areas, participation in a developmental screening can help answer these. 

Children will participate in an individually administered developmental screening as well as have their hearing and vision screened. Developmental screenings will be completed by trained early childhood specialists, including an early childhood teacher, school psychologist, occupational therapist, speech language pathologist, hearing specialist, school nurse and bilingual interpreter, if needed. At the time of screening, families will be provided with their child’s developmental screening results, recommendations and possible next steps.

Outside of the upcoming March developmental screenings, The Northwest Colorado BOCES Child Find Team accepts and processes referrals year-round for children ages 3 to 5 who reside in Routt County. Referrals or questions can be directed to Brett Eavenson, Child Find co-coordinator for Routt County, at 970-879-0391 ext. 325. Lindsey Garey, early intervention coordinator for Horizons Specialized Services, accepts and processes referrals for children age birth to 3 who reside in Routt County. She can be contacted at 970-871-8558.

Brett Eavenson is the Child Find co-coordinator for Routt County.

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