Child Find

Child Find is a process that school districts use to identify, locate, and evaluate all children, birth through twenty-one, who are suspected of having disabilities that may result in a need for special education and related services. 

Population of Children                                                                                                                                                              School districts have Child Find responsibility for all children suspected of having disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities.  This includes: 

  • Children, birth through three, who may or may not be referred to and served by the State’s early intervention program, Babies Can’t Wait; 

  • Preschool children, ages three through five, who may not be enrolled in a Georgia-funded pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, including children who are parentally placed in private preschools or daycare centers outside the system; 

  • Children who are enrolled in a public school within the system, including public charter schools; 

  • Children who are parentally placed in private and homeschools; 

  • Children who are attending charter schools within the system or in the area if it is designated as an individual system; 

  • Highly mobile children, including migrant children; 

  • Children served in community programs such as a rehabilitation centers, daycare centers, etc.; and

  • Any other children suspected of having disabilities.

Students with Disabilities Enrolled in Private Schools and Home Schools

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), local school systems have the responsibility to identify all the private school students in their district and conduct Child Find activities with them to identify eligible children. In Georgia, references to “parentally placed children in private schools” includes children who are homeschooled by their parents.  

Under current guidelines, Calhoun City Schools is required to allocate a proportionate share of IDEIA funds to provide services to eligible students who have been placed or enrolled by their parents in private schools. In order to determine which services should be provided, which children should receive the services, and how and where the services should be provided, the local system must consult with the private schools within their district and representatives of parents of students with disabilities who attend those schools.