Finding Children with Special Needs
What is Child Find?
Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and refer all young children with disabilities and their families who may be in need of early intervention programs or special education as early as possible. In Wisconsin, children from birth to 3 years of age may qualify for early intervention programs, which are operated by county Birth to 3 programs. Children ages 3 to 21 may qualify for special education provided by local school districts.
Why is Child Find necessary?
Screening all children provides parents and professionals with information on whether a child's development is similar to children of the same age. The purpose of Child Find for children ages 3-21 is to ensure that all children with disabilities have access to free, appropriate public education including special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.
Who is covered by Child Find?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires all states to have policies and procedures in effect to ensure that all children who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated. Wisconsin Child Find applies to all children who reside in the State. Screenings and evaluations for special education and related services are free of charge to parents or legal guardians.
Who should I contact if I suspect a child has a disability?
Please contact Jennifer Marcinkevic by calling 262-642-6720 x 3230.