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Project Child Find

The Kinnelon Child Study Team services are available to children ages three (3) to 21. Children experiencing physical, sensory, emotional, communication, cognitive, and/or social difficulties may be eligible for special education and related services. The evaluations are available to preschool children aged 3-5, to school-aged children 6-21, to highly mobile students such as migrant and homeless students, and to students who may have disability although they are advancing from grade to grade. Parents should contact their district Child Study Team office for further information. Babies from birth to three (3), who are thought to have a developmental delay, may receive assistance from the Early Intervention Program. To access this service, parents should contact the Service Coordinator for Early Intervention at 973-971-4155.

If parents are concerned about their school-aged child’s progress, they should feel free to discuss such issues with their child’s teacher, guidance counselor, and/or principal. Parents have the option of making a referral to the Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) committee or to the Child Study Team (CST). I&RS offers intervention procedures that are provided within the regular education school program. At times, however, more extensive interventions that can be provided in a regular education setting are necessary to assist the student. If the decision is made to undertake a full Child Study Team evaluation, the child’s social, emotional, and academic status may be assessed. Medical or other specialized evaluations may be included in the assessment at no cost to the parent. If a child is determined to be eligible for special education and related services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed, which includes a rationale for the student’s educational placement and the basis for the program implementation.

Children or adult students who are found eligible for special education and related services are entitled to a free and appropriate special education program. Please contact the Department of Special Services at 973-888-1418 Ext. 5013, if you have any further questions regarding Child Find.

The New Jersey Department of Education also has information on their website at http://www.state.nj.us/education/specialed/childfind

Notice of Child Find Activity, is pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities  Education Act and New Jersey Administrative Code, Title 6A:14, Special Education.