―Don’t Worry. But Don’t Wait.‖ Michigan District Teacher’s Conference 2012 Presenter: Victoria Meeder,Marketing/Public Awareness Supervisor Office of Innovative Projects, CCRESA Find us on Facebook Facebook.com/earlyonmichigan Find us on Twitter Twitter.com/ChildFindMich
LearningObjectives1. Learn about Michigan’s Child Find system of support.2. Child Find Legislation for age 3 -26.3. How to make referrals for children/students in Nonpublic schools.
Resources in Your Packet• Child Find in Michigan• Child Find PowerPoint• Federal Regulations §300.125 – 300.128 Children in Private School• How is Child Find implemented for students in non-public schools?• Project Find Brochure• Mandated Activities Project Brochure• MI Special Ed. One Pager – Child Find• B-11 Child Find Guidance• MI Dept. of Ed. Office of Special Education 2012 Update
Clinton County RESAOffice of Innovative Projects Early On® Training and Technical Assistance: Personnel development for Early On Pre-Service: Early On Center for Higher Education Early On Public Awareness: Child find for Infants and Toddlers, birth – 3 Project Find: Child find for Special Education, birth – 26 619 Training and TechnicalAssistance: Early Childhood Special Education Focus 3 to 5
Legal Milestones History of Public Policy 1971 1972 1975 1986 1990 2001 1954 1964 1965 ElementaryU.S. Supreme & Secondary PL 94-142 2001 ESEA PL 102-119Court Decision Education Act Education Reauthorization AmericansRuling in Brown (ESEA), now for All with to No Child Leftv. Board of known as NCLB- Head Handicapped Behind Start DisabilitiesEducation of Improving Children Act ActTopeka, Kansas Outcomes for (EAHCA)that “separate Children. (Ages 5 to 18)but equal” is “Closing theunconstitutional Achievement Gap” PL 99-457 Amendment to Civil Rights Michigan State ED for Act of 1964 Constitution Article Handicapped 8, Section 8, Public Children Act Law 198 (Birth to (Ages Birth to 3) & (Ages 6 to 26) 21)
Child Find Part C§303.321 Comprehensivechild find system (excerpts).All infants and toddlers withdisabilities in the State who are eligible for early intervention services are identified, located, and evaluated, including –Indian infants and toddlers with disabilities, those whoare homeless, in foster care, or Wards of the State. Coordination with education, health, and social service programs.
What is Early On®• Birth up to age 3;• Early intervention system of support and/or services for infants and toddlers up to age 3;• Broader definition of eligibility than special education 1800EarlyOn.org
Child Find – Part B ofIDEA (3 – 21)§ 300.111 Child find. (a) General. (1) The Statemust have in effect policies and procedures to ensure that—(i) All children with disabilities residing in the State, including homelesschildren, wards of the State, children with disabilitiesattending private schools… and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located, and evaluated;
Child Find – Part B §300.131 Each LEA must locate, identify, and evaluate all children withdisabilities who are enrolledby their parents in a private, including religious, elementary schools, andsecondary schools locatedin the school district served by the LEA.
Final Regulations 34 CFR 300.130 - 300.144: Requirements for children with disabilities enrolled by their parents in private (nonpublic) schools. (supplied in packet)The child find process must bedesigned to ensure –• The equitable participation of parentally-placed private school children; and• An accurate count of those children.• The LEA, must undertake activities similar to the activities undertaken for the agency’s public school children.
Terms defined:• In Michigan, ―school‖ is defined as grades K-12.• Non-Public Schools are registered with the State (also includes home schools that are registered with the Michigan Department of Education).• District of location: school district within whose boundaries a nonpublic elementary or secondary school is located.• District of residence: school district where the student legally resides (N.Y. ED. Dept. – 10/2007
―Parentally –Placed‖ inNonpublic SchoolChild FindProcess, Activities, andEvaluations must:• Completed in a time period comparable to that for public school children.• Same as procedures for public school children.• Similar to activities to public school children. (S. LaPointe, 2009)
Parentally PlacedPrivate SchoolChildren – IDEA 04 District of Location Responsibilities:• Child find, including evaluations• Consultation with nonpublic school and parent representatives• Eligibility and recommendations for services• Equitable provision of services• Expenditure of proportionate share of federal funds• Data collecting and reporting (N.Y. ED. Dept. – 10/2007)Child Find is the responsibility of the district in which the non-public school is located.
IDEA 04 and the LEAEach Local EducationalAgency must:• Proportionate share of Part B funds• Share based on results of a thorough and complete child find after timely and meaningful consultation with private school representatives.• The LEA records on the number evaluated, the number eligible, and the number served. (S. LaPointe)
Parentally Placed PrivateSchool Children – IDEA04 RegulationsIDEA does not provide anindividual entitlement of FAPE(free and appropriate publiceducation) to students withdisabilities attending nonpublicschools.• The District of Residence is responsible for FAPE.What Does That Mean?The district of location, inconsultation with the nonpublicschool, decides the types ofservices that will be providedand how. (Source: Sharon LaPointe, 2009)
Parentally PlacedPrivate SchoolChildren – IDEA 04RegulationsThe DOL (district of location) isresponsible for child find.• A parent may refuse consent for evaluation. The DOL cannot override refusal.• Child find responsibility includes reevaluation.• DOL must provide procedural safeguards notice upon conducting initial evaluation. Child find is an obligation for ALL enrolled students, even if they are NOT residents of Michigan. (S. LaPointe, 2009)
Child Find inMichigan – Part Band CStatewide Child FindProjects – economy scaleforoutreach, marketing, intake/referral.Support for locals• Early On Public Awareness• Project Find MichiganISDs and LEAs areresponsible andaccountable for child findwithin their districts.
Child Find –PotentialContention• Failure to evaluate• Eligibility• Preschool services
How to Make aReferralContact your LocalEducation Agency
Child Find Resources• Identify, Locate, Evaluate: Child Find Under IDEA (Part B) and Section 504• WrightsLaw.com• m-a-n-s.org• Michiganallianceforfamilies.org• Michigan.gov/mde• Regulations.gov• msemp.cenmi.org (Michigan Special Education Mediation Pgrm.)
Thank You for Attending! 1-800-252-0052 www.ProjectFindMichigan.org 1-800-Early On (327-5966) www.1800EarlyOn.org Victoria Meederhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/meedervictoria Meeder_v@ccresa.org 517.668.0185