Child Find is a set of activities used to identify children from birth to 21 years old who may need special education programs and services. Schools are required to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities from birth through age 21.
The Child Find mandate applies to all children who reside within a State, including children who attend private schools and public schools, highly mobile children, migrant children, homeless children, and children who are wards of the state.
Every SELPA and school district is required to have procedures in place to help locate students who may need special education services, and each public-school site within the SELPA has information on how to initiate a referral for special education services . If your child is not receiving special education services and you suspect there is a disability, please contact your child's teacher or principal to discuss your concerns. A student may be referred by parents, teachers, and other school staff members, doctors, agency staff, or others.