Child Find

Child Find Information

What is Child Find?

Child Find is a statewide effort by the State Department of Education and the Department of Rehabilitation Services to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities from birth to 21. The Cherokee County Board of Education is presently conducting its annual Child Find Project. The project is an attempt to locate all children with disabilities in Cherokee County from birth through twenty-one years of age. If you are aware of a child in Cherokee County with a disability or a suspected disability, please contact your local school principal, school counselor or Tara Blanchard with the Cherokee County Board of Education at 256-927-8049 or email tblanchard@cherokeek12.org concerning available services.

How Does Child Find Work?

Early Intervention and Special Education Services work closely with community service agencies, parents, and local schools to locate children with disabilities. A toll free number is provided for parents or other persons interested in information about referring a child from birth to 21.

Why Is Child Find Important?

It helps the child, the family, and the provider to plan appropriate services and link families to these services.

Disability Areas:

Autism

Deaf-Blind

Developmentally Delayed

Emotional Disability

Hearing Impaired

Intellectual Disability

Multiple Disabilities

Orthopedically Impaired

Other Health Impaired

Speech and Language Impaired

Specific Learning Disabilities

Traumatic Brain Injury

Visually Impaired

Contact Information:

Tara Blanchard, Special Education Supervisor 256-927-8049 tblanchard@cherokeek12.org

Kathy Sewell, Administrative Assistant 256-927-3321 ksewell@cherokeek12.org

Deanne McFry, School Psychometrist 256-927-3347 dmcfry@cherokeek12.org

Child Find:

1-800-392-8020 (ages 3-21)

1-800-543-3098 (birth-2)

1-800-548-2546 (TTY)