The term "child find" refers to the obligation of the district, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, to ensure that all children between the ages of 3 and 21 are identified, located and evaluated.
The term includes early intervention services for children from birth to age three (these children are actually served by Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) until they reach the age of three.) The Department for Exceptional Children regularly consults with BCW so that evaluations, eligibility and IEPs are developed for those children transitioning from BCW by or before the child’s third birthday.
For students of ages 3-5 years, the department conducts regular screenings to identify those students who may require special education referrals/services.
The District and the department meet annually with private school representatives to inform them of the District’s Child Find Procedures.
In addition, the department presents annual training/informational sessions for private school/home school representatives on the RTI process.
Child Find extends to current students in our district as well as pre-school children in private pre-schools and day-care centers; private school and home school students; migrant and homeless children; and other children living in our district who are suspected of having disabilities.
For more information contact the Office of Specialized Instruction at: (912) 395-5583