North Carolina State Data: Child Find

Child Find: All children with disabilities residing in the State, including children with disabilities who are homeless children or are wards of the State and children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located, and evaluated and a practical method is developed and implemented to determine which children with disabilities are currently receiving needed special education and related services [IDEA 2004, ยง 612(a)(3)].

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State and Local Child Find by Referral Source

These data reflect the number of children who were referred to or for whom a notification was sent to a state or local education agency by referral/notification sources. (Data source: Preschool Data Collection Survey) 

State Child Find by Notification/Referral Source (N=16,410)

pie chart showing notification or referral sources for North Carolina for 2020-2021. Child care is 4% or 663 referrals, infant toddler program is 39% or 6,474 referrals, nc pre-k program is 6% or 1,026 referrals, parents is 28% or 4,531 referrals, head start is 5% or 821 referrals, physicians is 9% or 1,395 referrals and other sources is 9% or 1,500 referrals.

Number of Assessments Completed and the Percent Not Eligible

The table below shows the number of comprehensive and speech child evaluations, as well as the number and percent of children who were found not eligible. (Data source: Preschool Data Collection Survey)

  Comprehensive Screenings Comprehensive Assessments Not Eligible Speech Screenings Speech Assessments Not Eligible
NC Total 9,454 8,394 25% (2,134) 3,404 2,359 19% (440)


Children Enrolled in Special Education in NC over Time

The following data reflect the number of children enrolled in special education on December 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021. These data do not include children enrolled in Kindergarten. These data show how each age cohort contributes to the total group of preschool children identified and served by the state and the LEA. (Data source: December/April Head Count Reports)

Age 1-Dec 1-Apr % Change
3 25% (2,585) 27% (2,873) -
4 58% (5,889) 46% (6,013) -
5 17% (1,757) 32% (4,128) -
Total 10,231 13,014 27%


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