Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA ’04) that requires Public Education Agencies to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth through 21, located within their boundaries of responsibility who are in need of early intervention or special education services. Schools meet their obligations for Child Find in several ways as represented by the Child Find Policy and Procedures Checklist. For children transitioning to preschool from Early Intervention, Arizona Department of Education and DES Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) have a Child Find and Transition Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) that defines the responsibilities for establishing and operating this statewide comprehenisve, coordinated sytstem.
Review written procedures every year with appropriate school-based personnel to ensure that school teams have awareness of services that are available to families and how to obtain them. This training offers an overview of Federal and State child find requirements as well as practical suggestions to coordinate child find activities in school districts and charter schools.