Improving Systems, Practices, and Outcomes

Child Find and Early Identification

Topic Editor: Evelyn Shaw

evelyn.shaw@unc.edu

Child Find is a legal requirement under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for both Part C early intervention programs and Part B programs. States and jurisdictions must actively identify, locate and evaluate children as early as possible children birth to twenty one who may have disabilities or suspected to have disabilities, as early as possible, and who may require early intervention services (Part C) or may be in need of special education and related services (Part B).

States, jurisdictions, families, and other referral sources will find information about federal requirements under IDEA, information and resources on public awareness and developmental monitoring, effective screening, evaluation and assessment processes that include specific disability populations and tools for improving child find.

See also: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Child Maltreatment: Referral Requirements under CAPTA and IDEA, and Young Children Exposed Prenatally to Substances and Their Families