Screening, Evaluation and Determination of Eligibility for Services
Preschool children may access services in one of two ways. The
first process is designed for children who have been served through
the Infants and Toddlers Program (ITP). A Child Find team housed at
ITP works with the ITP staff to determine if children who have
received early intervention services are eligible for special
education services. If they determine that they are eligible, then
this team designs an Individual Education Program (IEP) or Individual Family Service Plan – Extended (IFSP – Extended) in concert
with the ITP staff that has worked with the child and the child
receives appropriate special education services by his third
The second process is for children whose delays or disorders are suspected after the age of 2 years 10 months
- 5th birthday. Parents may
call the Child Find main offices to set up a screening
appointment. A special education teacher or speech pathologist
affiliated with Child Find will conduct a screening of the child’s
development. If the child passes the screening, then the Child Find
diagnostician will talk with the parent about developmental
expectations and recommend other services and resources to address
the parent’s concerns. If the child demonstrates a delay in a domain
of development [cognition, expressive and receptive language, fine
motor, adaptive, gross motor, social-emotional], then a formal
evaluation is conducted at Child Find office. Depending on the
results of the evaluation, a disability may be determined and the
child may be eligible for special education and related services.
If that occurs, then an Individual Education Program is developed
with the parent.
There are three preschool Child Find teams in addition to the ITP
Child Find team.
Child Find- ITP Transition Team
1450 Furnace Ave.
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
Child Find North at Marley Glen [Main Child Find office]
200 Scott Avenue
Glen Burnie, Maryland 21060
Child Find South at Central Special
140 Stepney Lane
Edgewater, Maryland 21037
West at Ridgeway Elementary
1440 Evergreen Road
Severn, Maryland 21144
Referrals should be made by calling the main Child Find office at
410-766-6662. Parents will be told which Child Find office is the
one that serves their community.
Services may be provided in a variety of settings. The goals of the
IEP and where the child spends the day are the determining factors
in where services are provided. The following is the continuum of
options for preschoolers:
Community-Based Services (CBS):
Services are provided to children with mild to moderate delays in
general education, community-based settings. Such settings can
include: private preschool; child care; Head Start; and other
site-based locations. The idea is for children with delays to
be integrated in typical environments and for services to be
provided on-site to them and to their teachers. Special
educators and therapists (speech, occupational, physical) come to
the school or site and provide intervention. For more information
the Community-Based Services lead teacher at 410 222-0922.
Single services (primarily speech):
Children with only speech delays or disorders [generally for
articulation issues] may be seen at their local elementary school by
a school system speech-language pathologist; typically this is done
in a small group setting.
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Classes:
There are elementary schools throughout the county that have an
ECI class. The goal of an ECI program is to provide intensive
instruction in relatively small classes with a special education
teacher, teacher assistant and speech language pathologist.
Children have moderate and severe delays and need to focus on basic
language and cognitive concepts as building blocks for academic
success. The program is 2.5 hours per day and children can attend
for as little as two half days per week or as many as five half
days. Sessions are held in the morning and afternoon. The parents
and educators determine the amount of time that is needed to achieve
developmental goals through an Individual Educational Program (IEP).
Bus transportation is provided to and from school. Many schools
with an ECI class also have a pre-K class; these co-located classes
provide opportunity for integration of children between ECI and
pre-K. For more information contact the Early Childhood
Referrals may be made to the BEST Program at 410-777-2915 which provides behavioral
intervention to children in child care. There are also school
system-sponsored classes on language development for parents of
children who have expressive language delays.
Friends of Early Childhood Intervention is a new parent group
established in 2008 to provide support and networking opportunities
among parents of children in the Birth to Five age range. Meetings
are held monthly. See Partners for Success Calendar for dates/specific events.
Enhanced Special Needs Services is a free service to assist
parents in locating licensed child care programs for children with
special needs. Call 1 800 999-0120, TDD: 410 385-1042 Monday
through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm