Child Find is a special education service provided by Harford County Public Schools to identify children with
disabilities, birth to age 21, who are suspected of having an educational disability and may be in need of
special education and related services. Child Find Services are provided year-round, at no-cost. Preschool
children residing in Harford County who are not enrolled in a preschool program as well as children ages
3 – 21 attending an MSDE approved private/parochial school located in Harford County are eligible to receive
Child Find services.
The Harford County Public Schools’ Child Find process includes referral, prescreening to determine the need
for assessment, an initial evaluation or reevaluation to determine eligibility and the development of an IEP
or Service Plan upon eligibility for special education services. This process begins with a referral to the
HCPS Child Find Center initiated by the parent or by an individual familiar with the child’s development
(with parent consent). Parents of children enrolled in Harford County Public Schools, should contact their local
school if they suspect their child may have a disability requiring special education services.
For more information related to Child Find, contact the HCPS Child Find Center at 410-638-4386/87. Parents of
children, who are not yet three, may contact the Harford County Infants and Toddlers Program at 410 638-3823
for inquiries about accessing services.