October is Child Find Awareness Month, and Searcy School District goes above and beyond to comply with federal and state Child Find requirements. Child Find is an effort in response to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires that each state provide a free and appropriate public education for all eligible children with disabilities.
Through Child Find, agencies are charged with locating and identifying children and youth from birth until 21 years of age who may need early intervention services or special education services. Stephanie Lawrence, Searcy School District special education supervisor, takes her role as LEA seriously and works to ensure all children in the area have the opportunity to receive the attention they need. “Child Find provides us a head start in identifying those students who may have weaknesses in fine motor skills to language disorders and even cognition,” says Lawrence.
It is imperative that all state and local agencies, schools, along with parents, community members, medical professionals and other related organizations work collaboratively to successfully locate and identify children who may exhibit some of the characteristics of falling behind socially, emotionally, and academically. For more information or to refer a child, contact Searcy School District special education department at 501-268-3517. If the child is between the ages of three and five years, contact Stephanie Heidelberg at Wilbur D. Mills Early Childhood Program at (501)882-3852.