Child Find

Child Find        Child Find


WHAT IS CHILD FIND?

The identification, location and evaluation of all children with a disability residing in the Town of Ledyard, whether or not they attend public school.

WHAT GROUPS OF CHILDREN MUST SPECIFICALLY BE FOUND?

Any child residing within the District who is suspected of having a disability including children who are:

• Preschool age - Age three to five years (Birth to three years are located and identified by the State of CT Birth-to-Three System)

• Private School attendees - Children enrolled in private or parochial schools by their parents

• Highly mobile

• Homeless

• Migrant or immigrant families

GENERAL PROCEDURES

Ledyard Public Schools uses the following procedures to notify our community of the District's Child Find services and programs:

• Postings on Public Access television

• Advertisements in local newspapers, school newsletters, cable television, and local radio stations

• Postings on the District website

• Ongoing contact with representatives of local and statewide agencies and groups including:

- Department of Children and Families

- Ledyard Public Health Nursing

- Ledyard Youth Services

- Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

- Naval Submarine Base - New London

- Nursery Schools & Day Care Centers

- State of CT Birth-to-Three System

PRESCHOOL

Our early childhood special education programs include certified teachers, a speech/language pathologist and access to services of a school psychologist, occupational therapist and physical therapist.

In addition to general procedures, children at the preschool age level are identified by:

• Transition from the Birth-to-Three System

• Preschool screening flyers posted in District schools, Town Hall, Town Nursing Office, Libraries, Daycare Centers/Nursery schools, and sent home with students

• Notices sent to local businesses and doctor's offices

Screening for preschool identification and further evaluation is provided yearly in fall and spring as a result of the flyers. Ongoing screenings are available throughout the year based on children's needs.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Ledyard has an obligation to identify, locate, and evaluate children with disabilities who are enrolled in private or parochial schools within our town.  Ledyard students who attend magnet or charter schools in other towns are public school students are referred through general procedures. If a child who enters a private school without having been previously identified as a child with a disability is suspected of having a disability during the school year, the LEA where the private school is located is responsible for ensuring such a child is identified, located, and evaluated.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Child Find Coordinator
Philip Genova.
Director of Special Services
(860) 464-8776

Early Childhood Program
Gallup Hill School
(860) 572-0259