Early Childhood/Speech Language


Finding Children with Special Needs

Kenosha Unified School District is required to locate, identify, and evaluate all children, with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools in the school district, and homeless children.  The process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities is known as Child Find.

Upon request, the Kenosha Unified School District is required to evaluate children ages 3 to 21 for eligibility for special education services.  A request for evaluation is known as a referral.  When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The district locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district.

Kenosha Unified School District is also responsible for screening and evaluation of preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) living within its boundaries that are not yet enrolled in school.  Evaluation services are provided at no cost by the Kenosha Unified School District.

If you suspect a child has a disability, please contact the appropriate person(s) listed below:

  • Children ages 3 to 5 not yet enrolled in school:
    Early Childhood Special Education Diagnostics and Speech and Language Diagnostics at (262) 359-7683
  • School Aged Children: Child’s teacher, building principal or the Department of Special Education
  • Private or Parochial School:  Building administrator

Head Start/Early Childhood Support Staff


Jake Biehn

Early Childhood Elementary Program Support

jbiehn@kusd.edu – P: 262.359.7735


MaryKay Madisen MS, SLP

Program Support – Speech/Language Therapy

mmadisen@kusd.edu  – P: 262.359.7696

Rachel Allemand

Early Childhood Diagnostics

rallemand@kusd.edu – P: 262.359.7494

Kim Kurklis

Early Childhood Diagnostics

kkurklis@kusd.edu – P: 262.359-7683


Julie Kilmer

Speech/Language Therapist

jkilmer@kusd.edu – P: 262.359.7497


Julie Prellwitz-Bending

Speech/Language Therapist

jprellwi@kusd.edu – P: 262.359.