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HCPS Special Education Child Find Program


Does your Child Need Special Education Services?

CHILD FIND is a special education service provided by the Harford County Public Schools to identify children who live in Harford County, from ages three through 21 years who are suspected of having an educational disability and who may be eligible for special education and related services. Children ages birth to 3 can access a variety of services to meet their individual needs through Harford County Infants and Toddlers Program.



How do I Refer a Child to Child Find?

Children between the ages of three and five years, who are not enrolled in a Harford County Public School kindergarten, may be referred directly by the parent/guardian to the Child Find Office by calling 410 638-4386/87 Children enrolled in private kindergarten and/or private school may be referred for screening by home school teams or the parent/guardian by calling the Child Find Office at 410 638-4386/87 for further information.

Children enrolled in Harford County Public Schools, who are suspected of having a disability and may be in need of special education, should be referred to the local school for screening.

Who May Refer a Child?

Most referrals are made directly by a child’s parents. Referrals (with parental consent) are also made by health care providers, social workers, day care providers, and other individuals familiar with the child’s development.

What Services are Available?

Services include:

  • Assessment
  • Special Education Instruction
  • Speech/Language Therapy
  • Audiological Services
  • Psychological Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Vocational Education
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What is the Cost Involved?

Child Find screening services are available, at no charge, to all Harford County residents three through 21 years of age. Assessments, evaluations, and all special education services which are determined to be necessary by the IEP Team are provided free of charge.

What if my Child is Under the Age of Three?

A parent or guardian may call Harford County Infants and Toddlers Program @ 410 638-3823 to inquire about services for children under the age of three who may be eligible for early intervention services.

What is the Child Find Process?

  1. Parent or Guardian contacts the Child Find office at 410-638-4386/87.
  2. Referral form is completed with the Child Find staff over the phone.
  3. Prescreening meeting with child and parent/guardian is arranged to determine the need for testing.
  4. If needed, testing is completed.
  5. IEP Meeting is convened to determine the child’s eligibility.
  6. If a child is eligible, an IEP (“Individualized Education Program”) or a Service Plan will be developed identifying goals and services to be provided.

What Does “Disabled” Mean?

Federal and State laws identify specific disabling conditions that entitle a child to special education services if it is determined that the disability is interfering with the child’s learning.

These Educational Disabilities Include:

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  • Autism
  • Deafness
  • Deaf/Blindness
  • Developmental Delay
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
"Child Find” is the name given to the all-out effort to locate children who may be in need of special education services.

The Harford County Public School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, or disability in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs. Inquiries related to the policies of the Board of Education of Harford County should be directed to the Director of Public Information 410 588-5203.

How do I contact the Child Find Program?
Child Find Office:

    Hickory Elementary School
    2100 Conowingo Road
    Bel Air, MD 21014
    Phone: (410) 638-4386 or (410) 638-4387
    Directions: Mapquest Directions
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