What is Child Find?
The purpose of Child Find is to locate, identify and evaluate children from birth to 21 years of age and their possible need for special education and related services. Child Find is a free referral and information service available through local education agencies and Service Center Region XIII.
Children learn at different rates but some children have significant difficulty. We’re here to help you access services to meet the unique learning needs of your child. If you are concerned your child may be learning, playing or interacting differently from others, please contact your campus counselor, principal, or the director of special education.
Referrals may be initiated by (but are not limited to):
Students receiving services through ECI will be transitioned into the public school system starting as early as 150 days prior to their third birthday.
What is the next step?
District evaluation staff will:
Who is Eligible?
There is a two-part test for determining whether your child is eligible for special education services: (1) your child must have a disability (2) as a result of the disability, your child must need special education services to benefit from education.
*These disability categories must be determined by age 6. It is used with young children because the true disability is often difficult to determine at an early age. Services may begin at birth for children with visual or auditory impairments.
Special Education Terms
ARD: Admission, Review, Dismissal
DIAG: Educational Diagnostician
FAPE: Free and Appropriate Education
FIE: Full Individual Evaluation
IEP: Individual Education Plan
LRE: Least Restrictive Environment
LSSP: Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
OT: Occupational Therapist
PT: Physical Therapist
SLP: Speech Language Pathologist