Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-04') that requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities ages 3 to 21. It is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening, and evaluation to locate, identify and refer children as early as possible.
To participate in an Early Intervention Program or Special Education, a child must meet eligibility guidelines according to the IDEA and Tennessee State regulations.
Who Can Refer Children to Child Find Services?
-Parents of preschool children who are not enrolled in a public school program and who have concerns about their child's development.
-Other care providers such as healthcare providers, community agencies, child-care programs, and social workers with parental consent.
-Parents of preschool and/or school-age children (ages 3-21) not enrolled in a public school program who suspect an educational disability.
-Parents of preschool and/or school -age children (ages 3-21) enrolled in a public school program who suspect an educational disability.
Who can I call if I am concerned?
If your child is an infant or toddler under the age of 2.5 years, then contact Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) at 615-904-3636.
If your child is between the ages of three and 21 and you are a resident of Hardeman County Schools contact: Betsy Lucas or Kim Newman at 731-658-2510 or via e-mail.