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Buttercup Assessment Referrals

Assessment Team

Our Preschool Assessment Team Office is located at Buttercup Preschool, on the campus of Yerba Buena Elementary School. All assessments and IEP meetings will be held at this location unless otherwise specified. Assessment Team Office Phone is (818) 889-0040.

Buttercup Assessment Referral  

Parent Referral:

The assessment process can be initiated in a variety of ways. A parent can refer their child to be assessed by the preschool assessment team, if there are concerns regarding their child's development. Request an assessment using this form .

Regional Center Referral:

A child can also be referred to the assessment team by the regional center if they are currently receiving early start services and are about to turn three years of age. Prior to a child's third birthday, the regional center will obtain the parents' consent to refer the child to the school district for assessment. If your child is a current regional center client and is about to turn three years old, the regional center will hold a Transition IFSP (Infant Family Service Plan) meeting to discuss the transition to the school system.

After the Buttercup Assessment Referral form has been submitted, our Buttercup Designee will reach out to you and complete an assessment intake. If the result is that an assessment is needed, then our Buttercup Designee will email you with further instructions regarding the required documentation. The parent will need to provide proof of residency before the child can be assessed.

Once all of the required documentation has been submitted, the parent will sign an assessment plan and make their child available to be evaluated by the Preschool Assessment Team.

The Assessment

Once an assessment plan has been signed, the parent will receive a Save-The-Date notification in the mail regarding proposed dates for the assessment and IEP meeting. The parent will then bring their child to the assessment office to participate in a play-based assessment. Based on the signed assessment plan, specialists in various fields will assess the child using informal and formal testing procedures. The assessment team may consist of a school psychologist, special education teacher, speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, vision impairment specialist, deaf and hard of hearing specialist, and others, depending on the areas of suspected delay.

Once the assessment has been completed, the team will compile their findings in a report and recommendations will be made regarding eligibility for special education.


Eligibility is a team decision: the assessment team as well as the parents will discuss possible eligibility at the IEP meeting. Results from the assessment, review of records, and parent input will assist the eligibility determination process. There are 14 handicapping conditions that can qualify a child for special education services:

If a child is made eligible for special education services and an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), goals/objectives, placement, and accommodations will be proposed at the meeting. For more information on this process, please visit the Ventura County SELPA website.

  • Autism

  • Deaf-Blindness

  • Emotional disturbance

  • Hearing impairment (including deafness)

  • Intellectual Disabilities

  • Multiple disabilities

  • Orthopedic impairment

  • Other health impairment

  • Speech or language impairment

  • Specific learning disability

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Visual impairment

  • Established Medical Condition (preschool only)