What is Project Find?
The early years are important in a child's development; therefore, specific attention is given to this age group for whom school attendance is not mandatory. Impairments, whether mild or severe, interfere with the learning process of a child, so early intervention is critical.
Project Find is a program of active outreach by the Michigan Department of Education and local school districts. Within Bloomfield Hills Schools, Project Find specifically refers to the identification and service for youngsters birth through age six. The primary purpose is to identify young children with disabilities that make learning difficult and to find appropriate special education services to aid in the child's development.
Programs are mandated by IDEA (federal law) and Michigan rules for persons who are affected by one or more learning impairments including hearing, vision, speech, mental, physical, and emotional.
Here are some of our Project Find services available to families:
- Referrals to and consultation with community agencies, preschools, and day care centers.
- Screenings and diagnostic assessments in the area of speech and language, self-help, social/emotional, learning, and physical development.
- Information to families about child development consultation, family groups, and information resources.
For more information, please contact our District Project Find Coordinator Colleen Kalanquin at CKalanquin@bloomfield.org or 248.341.7962.
Child Find is a component of Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) that requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities who are in need of early intervention or special education services. To receive Early Intervention Programming or Special Education, children must meet eligibility guidelines according to the IDEA. If you suspect your child has a disability affecting his or her school performance, please notify your child's teacher, counselor, principal, or Pam Schoemer, Director of Special Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248.341.5415.
Free Ages and Stages Developmental Screening
Oakland Schools offers a free Ages and Stages Developmental Screening where families can access developmental information, services, and resources for children four-months through five-years (60- months) of age.
For a free screening, go to www.helpmegrow-mi.org.
To learn more, contact Dr. Dawn Koger at email@example.com or 248.209.2266.