ERIC Number: EJ1147822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Existing and Proposed Child Find Initiatives in One State's Part C Program
Edwards, Nicole Megan; Gallagher, Peggy A.; Green, Katherine B.
Rural Special Education Quarterly, v32 n1 p11-19 Mar 2013
Despite a Child Find mandate in IDEA, early detection and screening of infants and toddlers with special needs continues to remain an area in need of improvement. The authors sought to better understand existing and proposed outreach initiatives in one state's Part C Early Intervention (EI) program that ranks among the lowest nationally in the area of Child Find. Undergraduate students (n = 17) completed a Child Find reflection as part of an EI Methods course. Parents (n = 10) whose child had received EI and were currently employed in an information-sharing role supporting EI families and staff participated in a semi-structured focus group. Thematic analyses revealed promising district-specific efforts, perceived roadblocks hindering statewide outreach, and recommended strategies that can be used across states in urban and rural areas. Implications for informing state initiatives, supporting brainstorming efforts in other state Part C programs, and conducting targeted studies to strengthen the evidence-base for Child Find initiatives are discussed.
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Disability Identification, Infants, Toddlers, Undergraduate Students, Focus Groups, Parent Attitudes, Barriers, School Districts, Urban Areas, Rural Areas, Outreach Programs, State Programs, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Parents, Qualitative Research, Early Childhood Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C
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