Child Find

Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, child screening and evaluation processes designed to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all children with disabilities and their families who are in need of special education (Part B/619) services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Additional resources on the Child Find process may be found here.

What is Project Child Find?

An effort coordinated by your local school system and the Exceptional Children Division, State Department of Public instruction to:

  • Locate and identify children and youth birth through 21 with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services.
  • Inform parents and/or guardians of the services available from their local school system and other state community agencies.

Who are the Children?

Children and youth who have been diagnosed or are suspected to have intellectual, physical, or emotional disabilities and are unable to benefit from a regular school program without special assistance.

What Help is Available?

  • A complete evaluation and, if appropriate, 
  • An Individualized Education Program for children with a disability beginning at age three,
  • An Individual Family Service Plan for each child with a disability birth through 2, or
  • A referral to other agencies when needed.