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.
Whom do I contact?
If you are concerned about a student’s learning, contact your local school campus, district, or charter school. If you need assistance locating your local education agency, contact your regional Education Service Center (ESC) or the Child Find, Evaluation and ARD Supports Network located at Region 4 ESC. Click here for the list of contacts.
Child Find Duty Quick Guide
This Child Find Duty Quick Guide document highlights key points and resources for local education agencies (LEAs) to consider for implementing child find. The quick guide provides an overview of child find, a summary of LEA responsibilities, and key points to remember.
Child Find Duty - Everyone's Responsibility
This professional development session is a self-paced online course that is intended to provide participants with a fundamental understanding of the definition and purpose of child find and requirements for Local Education Agencies (or LEAs). The training will address the topics of an overview of child find, the key child find populations, and LEA responsibilities, including: written board policies and special education operating procedures; public awareness programs; coordination activities with other agencies; notification to families; targeted outreach to primary referral sources; special education referral procedures, including screenings; maintenance and reporting of accurate data, and professional development and training for staff.
Technical Assistance: Child Find and Evaluation
This Technical Assistance: Child Find and Evaluation from the Texas Education Agency provides guidance to local education agencies (LEAs) in meeting their Child Find obligations. This guidance is intended to serve as a resource for professionals who serve in a range of roles in schools across the state as they design and implement Child Find policies, procedures, and practices.