Serving Children with Disabilities: Child Find

Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners provides Child Find information.

Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth to 21, who are in need of early intervention or special education services.

Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all young children with disabilities and their families who are in need of an Early Intervention Program (Part C) or Early Childhood Special Education services (Part B) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

About Child Find
Child Find Overview: from the US Office of Special Education Programs. Offers a description of a comprehensive child find system.

Power Points: Finding Children with Special Needs (coming soon)

Birth to 3: Part C

Waisman Center Birth to 3 Training and Technical Assistance: Waisman website provides information on referral and eligibility

WI Birth to 3 Program Part C: WI Department of Health Services website offers information about all aspects of Birth to 3 services in WI

Dept. of Health Services Statutes (Part C) (pdf)

Legal Requirements: Part B
WI State Statutes (Part B): Wisconsin government website includes information on legal requirements including notices and staff training

Required Notices for Child Find Activity and Referral - WDPI website

Special Education Evaluation Placement Timeline (pdf)

IEP and Placement Timeline (pdf)

Ages 3-5: Part B
Printable Child Find Materials:
Child Find Pamphlet for LEAs 2013 (pdf) - Includes information for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to inservice staff on Child Find requirements and recommended practices.

Child Find Order Form (fillable pdf) - for free Child Find materials

Child Find Pamphlet for Families and Communities, 2013 (pdf) - Includes an overview of developmental milestones that can be made available throughout the community. Includes space to insert LEA contact information.

Public Awareness
ECTA Center Early ID: Public Awareness & Primary Referral Sources (webpage)


Act Early Wisconsin: website includes developmental milestones, what to do if you have concerns about a child and how to connect with supports

Wisconsin Early Childhood Screening Schedule and Inventory Birth to 6 (pdf)

Parents as Accurate Reporters in Screening and Assessment (doc): Research from Brookes Publishing Company documents that parents do accurately report children's development

Information on Screening and Early Identification - Collaborating Partners website

FAQ on Child Find (coming soon)

Tool Box of Ideas – Child Find Practices/Activities
(coming soon)

Homeless & Child Find

Preschool Children and the McKinney-Vento Act (pdf)- This document explains the sections of McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act that specifically apply to preschool programs.

Best Practices for Identification & Enrollment of Homeless Preschool Children (pdf) - This document lists recommendations for identifying and enrolling
preschool children from families experiencing homelessness.

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