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, § 612(a)(3)].


For individual LEA Child Find data, click here.


State and Local Child Find by Referral Source

State Child Find by Notification/Referral Source (N=22,949)

These data reflect the number of children for whom the state and local education agencies were “notified” and/or referred in FFY 2018-2019. Below are the referral outcomes as reported in the Preschool Grant (May, 2019).

Number of Assessments Completed and the Percent Not Eligible

  Comprehensive Screenings Comprehensive Assessments Not Eligible Speech Screenings Speech Assessments Not Eligible
NC Total 11,880 8,274 9% (760) 8,479 5,087 12% (620)

These data reflect the number of children enrolled in special education on December 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019. These data do not include children enrolled in Kindergarten. The data below show how each age cohort contributes to the total group of preschool children identified and served by the state and the LEA.

Age 1-Dec 1-Apr % Change
3 33% (4,364) 27% (4,595) -
4 52% (6,787) 43% (7,295) -
5 15% (1,977) 29% (4,947) -
Total 13,128 16,837 28%

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