Child Find (SPP11)
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 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:
- Enrolled in public schools, including virtual schools, and advancing from grade to grade
- Attending private or home schools
- Homeless or highly mobile
- Wards of the state or in foster care
- Military connected
- Involved in the criminal justice system
- Residing in nursing homes
Is your child aged 3 – 21?
If you suspect your child ages 3-21 has a disability condition, contact the special education director's office at your local school district, charter school, or Region One ESC at 956-984-6215.
Is your child birth – age 3?
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) offers family-centered, community-based services and supports to families and children from birth to three years. If you suspect your child, age birth - three years old has a disability condition, contact the local ECI office at 855-651-1960 or visit http://www.esc1.net/eci/
For more information about ECI visit the Texas Department of Health & Human Services, HHS at: www.hhs.texas.gov/eci