Child Find is a federal mandate under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It requires local education agencies (LEAs), which include public school districts and charter schools, to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities residing within their jurisdictions who need special education and related services. (34 CFR §300.111—Child Find)
Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities.
A student identified through child find is not automatically guaranteed services under IDEA. First, a full and individual initial evaluation (FIIE) of the child must be conducted.
Who is covered under Child Find?
All children birth through age 21 residing in the state, including children who are:
Is your child age 3 – 21?
If you suspect your child age 3-21 has a disability condition, contact the special education director's office in your local school district.
Is your child birth – age 3?
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) offers family-centered, community-based services and supports to families and children birth to three years. If you suspect your child birth - three years old has a disability condition contact the local ECI office at 409-784-5435 or visit their website. https://www.
Special Services are available to eligible infants, children, and young adults identified with a disability who may be experiencing difficulties in one of the following areas: