Early Intervention And Special Education: How Child Find Works
What is Child Find?
It’s a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth through 21, who are in need of early intervention or special education services.
Who is responsible for local Child Find activities?
Public schools and the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) are responsible for ‘finding’ eligible children.
What if I have concerns?
If you have concerns about your child’s development or progress in school, you may receive help from the AzEIP or your local school. There are no costs to parents for Child Find services.
Contact the AzEIP for children aged birth to 3, if you are concerned about how your child:
- Plays and interacts with others
An AzEIP specialist will come to your home to talk with you about your concerns and observe your child. For more information about the Arizona Early Intervention Program, visit their website at www.azdes.gov/azeip, or call either 1-888-439-5609 or (602) 532-9960.
Contact your local school for children aged 3 through 21, if you are concerned about your child’s development or performance in the areas that affect development and learning in school:
- Vision and Hearing
- Motor Control or Coordination
- Behavior or Social Skills
- Speech or Language Skills
- Thinking or Performing Tasks
Public schools use a screening process to check your child's development and academic progress.
For children 3 years to kindergarten age, call the special education department of the local school district. You may also call the county school superintendent’s office. Or, use the ‘find a school’ link on the ADE website, www.ade.az.gov.
For children kindergarten age through 21 years, call the principal’s office at the local public school and ask to speak with the special education department about your concerns.
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