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).

Child Find Overview: from the US Office of Special Education Programs. Offers a description of a comprehensive Child Find System.

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): Local Education Agency Requirements for Child Find

Evaluation Timeline May 2013 (pdf)

IEP & Placement Timeline May 2013 (pdf)

Resources for Ages 3-5: Part B

Training Materials for LEAs

Powerpoint for LEA's (pdf)

LEA 1 Child Find Practices (pdf)
LEA 2 WI State Statutes (Part B): LEA Requirements for Child Find
LEA 3 Evaluation Timeline May 2013 (pdf)
LEA 4 IEP & Placement Timeline May 2013 (pdf)
LEA 5 Parents as Accurate Reporters in Screening and Assessment (pdf)
LEA 6 Guidance Related to OSEP Letter to Couillard 2013 (pdf)
LEA 7 Child Find Order Form (fillable pdf) FREE Child Find materials

Powerpoint for Community Presentation

Powerpoint for Community (pdf)

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 (pdf) Research from Brookes Publishing Company documents that parents do accurately report their children's development

Information on Screening and Early Identification WECCP website

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Tool Box of Ideas – Child Find Practices/Activities
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Homeless & Child Find

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

Best Practices for Identification & Enrollment of Homeless Preschool Children (pdf) - Lists recommendations for identifying & enrolling preschool children for families experiencing homelessness.

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