Child Find Program is provided by Baltimore City Public Schools to identify, locate, and evaluate, all children with disabilities, from birth through twenty-one years of age, who are in need of early intervention or special education and related services. The purpose is to locate these children so that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) can be made available. The Child Find process is mandated by Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and in the state regulations that govern Maryland’s early intervention and special education services. Child Find referrals are made by calling 443-984-1011.
Special needs may be in the areas of:
Or involve skills in:
Let’s Look at the Process
Referring a Child for a Child Find Evaluation
City Schools has a specific Child Find Unit that is responsible for Child Find referrals. It accepts referrals for:
A parent who contacts the Child Find Unit regarding a child who attends City Schools is encouraged to contact the Principal or IEP chairperson at the local school where the child attends to initiate a Child Find referral.
The Child Find Unit will assist parents who have children coming from other school districts that have Individual Educational Plans or need assistance in referring a child for special education services. The program will address and assist families impacted by Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Packets are available to introduce BRAC families to the City Schools Child Find by outlining the referral process to special education and providing information regarding the range of special education and related services available to children with disabilities.
For more information about the Child Find Program or to make a referral please call 443-984-1011. Children in the birth to three age range may be referred to the Infants/ Toddlers Program at 410-396-1666.
www.mdecegatewau/ org.-Resources and information for families and providers of children with disabilities age birth through five
www.marylandpublicschools.org –Find IEP related resources.
www.nectac.org – National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
www.csg.org/compacts -Interstate compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
www.cec.sped.org – Council for Exceptional Children