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Child Find and Initial Evaluation Resources

Child Find is a set of policies, procedures, and public awareness activities designed to locate, identify, and evaluate children who may require special education and related services. Each LEA must have policies and procedures in effect to ensure that all children with disabilities in need of special education and related services, regardless of severity of disability, are identified, located, and evaluated. In the District of Columbia, LEAs must ensure that adequate Child Find practices be aligned to federal and local requirements, which include requirements determined by the court in the D.L. v. District of Columbia litigation.

Currently under local regulations (DCMR), LEAs must complete an initial evaluation and eligibility determination within 120 calendar days of the date of referral. Local law passed in 2014 requires that the District modify the timeline for initial evaluation to be 60 calendar days from the date of parent consent for evaluation to the date that special education eligibility is determined. OSSE expects that this requirement will become effective July 1, 2018.


Child Find Reasonable Efforts Case Scenario

Dear Colleague Letter on Key IDEA Requirements Related to D.L. v. District of Columbia

Early Childhood Transition

Early Childhood Transition Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Guidance Document: Referral and Initial Evaluation at a Glance

Model Child Find Policy Template

Model Child Find Referral Form Template

LEA Child Find Guidance and Model Child Find Policy

OSSE Dear Colleague Letter: IDEA Part C to B transition: specialized instruction service delivery

OSSE Specialized Instruction Tracking Turnkey Training Presentation

OSSE Specialized Instruction Tracking Turnkey Training Presentation Printable Version

OSSE LEA Child Find Turnkey Training Presentation

OSSE LEA Child Find Turnkey Training Printable Version

OSSE Parental Delay Analysis Review Protocol

Questions and Answers on US Supreme Court Case Decision Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Re-1

Special Education Parent Information Brochure

Specialized Instruction Service Provision Form

For questions about Child Find or the initial evaluation process, please contact the OSSE Special Education Policy Team at [email protected].

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