Project Child Find

What is Project Child Find?
Project Child Find is an effort coordinated by your local school system and the Exceptional
Children Division, State Department of Public Instruction, to:  

  • Locate and identify children and youth ages 0 through 21 with disabilities who are in need
    of special education and related services; and
  • Inform parents and/or guardians of the services available from their local school system
    and other state and community agencies.

Who are the Children?

We are seeking children and youth who have been diagnosed or are suspected to have mental,
physical, or emotional disabilities and are unable to benefit from a regular school program without
special assistance.  

Why Do Schools Conduct Project Child Find Each Year?

  • A free appropriate public education is the right of every child with a disability, age 3
    through 21.
  • The law provides for early intervention services for children with a disability, birth through
    two years of age.
  • Parents of children and youth with disabilities need your support and assistance.
  • The McDowell County School System and the Exceptional Children Division need your help in locating these children. 

How Do Schools Conduct Project Child Find Each Year?

  • Each school in the McDowell County School System has a Student Services Management Team (secondary) or a Responsiveness To Instruction Team (elementary).
  • Project Child Find is ongoing through these teams.
  • Teachers, Nurses, School Social Workers, parents, etc. identify students who are not progressing academically as expected.
  • The RTI team works with teachers and parents to determine why students are not progressing and what support the student needs. 

What Help is Available?

  • A complete evaluation and, if appropriate,
  • An Individualized Education Program for children with a disability beginning at age three,
  • A referral to other agencies when needed. 

For More Information Contact:

McDowell County Schools
Glenda Starr, Exceptional Children Director
172 Lukin Street
Marion, NC 28752
Phone: 828-652-6580