The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act includes the Project Child Find mandate. The Project Child Find mandate applies to all children who reside within a state, including children who attend private and public schools, highly mobile children, migrant children, homeless children and children who are wards of the state. (20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(3)) Child Find requires all school districts to identify, locate and evaluate all children with disabilities.
This effort is coordinated by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Exceptional Children's Division, and State Department of Public Instruction to:
- Locate and identify children and youth ages birth through 21 with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services.
- Inform parents and/or guardians of the services available from their local school system and other state community agencies.
If you know of a child or youth with disabilities who is not in school or receiving special assistance, you can help by encouraging the parent/guardian to contact the Chief Program Officer of Exceptional Children's Division at 336-727-2083.