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. It is a continuous process to locate and identify children at risk.
Child Find Overview (webpage) from the US Office of Special Education Programs. Offers a description of a comprehensive Child Find System.
Child Find FAQ (pdf) - updated 2/2018 Common questions addressed.
Legal Requirements for Birth to 3: Part C
Legal Requirements for Local Education Agencies (LEA's): Part B
Resources for Ages 3-5: Part B
Training Materials for LEAs
Powerpoint for LEA's 2016 (pdf)
Handouts for use with LEA Child Find powerpoint:
Training Materials for Community Presentation
Powerpoint for Community 2016 (pdf)
Handouts for use with Community Presentation
Homelessness & Child Find
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