What is Child Find?
Child Find is a component of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires districts to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth to 21, who are in need of early intervention or special education services. Evaluations and services for children from birth to 3 years old are provided by South Sound Parent to Parent. Yelm Community Schools conducts specific activities for students ages 3 to 21 with suspected disabilities who reside within the district’s boundaries. This includes students attending private schools. Approximately 10 to 15 percent of all children have a disability which hinders their educational development. Early identification of disabilities assists parents, students and schools in the design of appropriate educational services.
Who is covered by Child Find?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires all states to have policies and procedures in effect to ensure that all children who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated. Child Find applies to all children who reside within the State. This includes infants, toddlers, preschoolers, children in private, public, or tribal schools, highly mobile, homeless, or migrant children.