Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Tools for Improving Child Find

The following tools are designed to support the collection, review, and improvement of child find systems including 618 data:

OSEP Child Find Self-Assessment

OSEP, with the collaboration and support of ECTA, DaSy and IDC (for Sections II and III), developed this voluntary self-assessment tool to assist states in meeting regulations and implementing best practices related to child find. It will assist states in understanding and documenting their work around child find regulations and in identifying best practices to improve the efficiency of their Child Find efforts.

Part C Child Find Funnel Chart Tool

This is Excel-based template displays data about infants and toddlers at each step of the Part C process, from referral through exit, for a set of infants and toddlers referred within a specified time frame.

Identifying Meaningful Differences in Child Find Calculator

This Excel-based calculator allows states to analyze child find data and make several comparisons related to the percentage of infants and toddlers served. This includes: state percentage compared to state target, local program percentage compared to state target, and year-to-year comparisons of the state percentages. It also computes confidence intervals to determine whether the difference between the two numbers is large enough to be considered meaningful (i.e., statistically significant).

Contributing Factor Tool

This document provides ideas for the types of questions state and local teams may consider in identifying factors impacting performance on Indicators C5 and C6 specific to child find in their Part C State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report . This tool can help improve child find practices and implementation.

  • IDEAs that Work: Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

The ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P170001 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

Project Officer: Julia Martin Eile     © 2012-2019 ECTA Center

  • UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute