Introduction to Child Find:

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Please click on the links below to access copies of our Child Find Brochure, Child Find Flyer, Preschool Child Find Brochure and our Brochure Designed Especially for Parents:       

Brochure – Child Find

Flyer-Child Find-Do You Know a Child with Special Needs

Brochure – Child Find – Preschool

Brochure – Parents STOP-Do you Know the Warning Signs of Children with Special Needs


One in ten of Georgia’s children have a sensory, emotional, physical, intellectual, or language disability that may inhibit learning.  Many of these disabilities are subtle, so they go unnoticed.  As a result, children may have trouble in school, at home and with their peers.  The earlier these disabilities are discovered and identified, the more effectively they can be managed.  That means the child will have every chance to be successful in life.


“Child find” refers to the process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities to ensure that they receive services to which they are entitled.  The Georgia Department of Education and local school systems have a mission to locate, identify, and evaluate each child-birth through 21 years of age-with a suspected disability, and to provide appropriate educational services to these children throughout Georgia.


School Age Children and Youth:

For more information about free or low-cost services for children ages 3 to 21 with special needs, call your local school system and ask for the special education director.

Preschool Children:

For more information about free or low-cost services for children ages 0-3 with special needs, contact your local BABIES CAN’T WAIT organization; Babies Can’t Wait

To view ages and stages of children ages 0 -6, see Bright from the Start website


Child Find Efforts

to Determine Eligibility for Special Education Services

Public school systems in Georgia offer comprehensive Special Education services to eligible students ages three through 21 years.  Children from birth to age three with disabilities will be referred to appropriate agencies for services.  All referrals are considered confidential, and services are provided at no cost.  The parent, legal guardian, or surrogate parent retains the right to refuse services and is provided other procedural safeguards under federal and state law.  Public school services include screening in the area of suspected disabilities, such as hearing, motor skills, speech, language and general development.  Evaluations in the schools are provided for several areas of suspected disabilities, including learning disabilities, speech and language development, physical impairments, vision or hearing problems, intellectual delays, emotional disturbances, autism/pervasive developmental disorders, health problems or traumatic brain injuries.  A free, appropriate, public education with full continuum of services is available for all eligible children and for those students who are home schooled or enrolled in private schools and preschools, including religious schools.  For more information concerning eligibility criteria and referral procedures, please call the Office of Special Education in your local school system.  The staff can answer questions or direct your call to the appropriate person.  All referrals are considered confidential.  The parent or legal guardian retains the right to refuse services and other procedural safeguards under federal and state law.

Direction Center for Georgia
Toll Free 1-800-282-7552
The Director of Special Education from your LOCAL school system:                                                 

  • Atkinson County: (912) 422-7242
  • Bacon County: (912) 632-7363
  • Brantley County: (912) 462-6612
  • Charlton County: (912) 496-2596
  • Clinch County: (912) 487-3484
  •  Coffee County: (912) 384-2086
  •  Pierce County:  (912) 449-2091
  •  Ware County: (912) 287-2306