In accordance with the regulations in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the U.S. Department of Education requires every state to have policies and procedures in effect to ensure that "All children with disabilities residing in the State, including children with disabilities, who are homeless children or are wards of the State, and children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located, and evaluated" (IDEA, §300.111). This requirement is known as Project Child Find and it supports school districts in their efforts to identify, locate, and evaluate children with potential developmental delays and/or disabilities.
Project Child Find is a free referral service and public awareness campaign to assist in the identification of unserved/underserved youths ages 3-21 years old who may be disabled. Preschoolers who demonstrate delays in the development of motor, communication, social-emotional, or cognitive skills, may be eligible for special education and/or related services. School-age students between the ages of 5 and 21 who may be disabled due to physical, sensory, educational, communication, cognitive, or social difficulties may also be eligible for special education and/or related services. If your child appears to have one or more of the following signs, please contact the Office of Special Services at Hainesport Township School District.
- Significant delays in acquiring language or significant speech problems
- Significant difficulty walking, running, or manipulating small objects
- Frequent health problems or disabilities present from birth
- Consistent trouble seeing or hearing
- Tendency toward temper tantrums or excessive anxiety/shyness
- Significant difficulty playing appropriately with other children
- Significant problems paying attention and listening
New Jersey Early Intervention System provides services for infants and toddlers (from birth to the child's third birthday) who have developmental delays or disabilities, as well as support for families. For children ages birth through two years, contact New Jersey Early Intervention System at 888-653-4463. For children 3-21 years of age, Hainesport Township School District provides a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for eligible students.
Parents/guardians who have questions about the eligibility of their child are encouraged to contact Hainesport Township School District Director of Special Services, Ms. Lauren M. Salls, at 609-267-1316 ext. 209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional resources can be accessed by visiting the New Jersey Department of Education's Project Child Find resources. In addition, please see additional materials for preschool-aged children, on the Center for Disease Control's "Act Early" webpage. The campaign, "Learn the signs. Act Early," focuses on the early identification of young children with disabilities and provides a wealth of information depicting expected developmental milestones.