Early Childhood

Resources for Families

For information on Child Development go to the following links:  
First Signs
Help Me Grow MN

Child Find

State and federal laws require school districts to be responsive to families who are concerned about their child's growth and development.

Child Find, the system for early identification of children with disabilities, is guided by the Chisago/Pine County Interagency Council and the Special Education Director of SCRED. The central intake persons for Child Find are located at the St. Croix River Education District. With parent permission, anyone may refer a child to the Child Find process for a screening.

The Child Find process for children under the age of three years includes a visit to the child's home where the Interagency Review Team (IRT) screens the child and interviews the family. For children three through five years of age, the screening process may take place through the local school district's early childhood screening or IRT. Sometimes, the family needs a referral to another early childhood providing agency such as public health nursing. Local school districts will offer an early childhood assessment if there is a need, or offer resource information. Child Find is available, at no cost, to any pre-kindergarten student.

To make a referral please contact:

Help Me Grow at this link or call 1-866-693-4769


Joan Rustad, Central Intake
Direct #/Voice Mail: 320-358-1217
Toll Free Parent #: 800-452-6944
Fax: 320-358-1249
E-mail: jrustad@scred.k12.mn.us

Questions Contact:

Rob Benner, Early Childhood Services Coordinator
Direct #/Voice Mail: 320-358-1208
E-mail: rbenner@scred.k12.mn.us


Kelly Demers, Early Childhood Services Coordinator
Direct #/Voice Mail: 320-358-1206
E-mail: kdemers@scred.k12.mn.us

Early Childhood Programming

SCRED district's early childhood programs provide high quality early literacy and numeracy environments and assessments. Every classroom creates literacy rich environments focusing on the "Big Five" emergent literacy skills. Each district implements a Response to Intervention (RtI) system so that they can intervene earlier with young children showing signs of early literacy and numeracy difficulties. RtI is a model used by school staff to most effectively and efficiently meet the academic and social behavioral needs of all children they serve. 

For more information on RtI in SCRED schools click here