The Child Find Program is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities, who are in need of early intervention or special education services.
According to the Arizona Board of Education, the Child Find Program applies to children who are:
- Suspected of having a disability even though they are advancing from grade to grade
- Highly mobile, such as migrant and homeless
- Wards of the state
- Private school students
- Home schooled students
Note: Charter schools identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities within their population served who are in need of special education and related services.
It is Tucson International Academy’s responsibility to inform the general public and all parents of our responsibility to make available references for special education services for students with disabilities aged 2.9 through 21 years and how to access those services. In addition we have a responsibility to provide information regarding early intervention services for children birth through 2.9 years.
We are responsible for identifying, locating, and referring all children with disabilities including children aged 2.9 through 21 and from birth through 2.9 years of age to Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) for evaluation and appropriate services.
We are also responsible for providing a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for children in grades K-12, which includes special education and related services to children with disabilities at public expense, under public supervision and direction and without charge to parents.
For all new students to the school, the classroom teacher will complete screening activities within 45 days of enrollment. The teacher will look at the child’s ability in the areas of academics, vision, hearing, communication, social/emotional, adaptive development, and motor skills. If any concerns are noted, the child may be referred for additional help.
Children birth through 2.9 years of age who are receiving early intervention services and will be participating in preschool programs for children with disabilities will be assured of a smooth transition into that program.
Tucson International Academy will hold transition conferences for children entering kindergarten with an IEP.
If there are any questions or you would like further information, please contact the school at (520) 792-3255.