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United States Army
Soldier Support Center
Building 4-2843 Normandy Street
Fort Bragg, NC 28310
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires states and territories to provide early intervention or special education services to children and young adults. Early intervention is available for children from birth to 3 years old, and special education services are available to children from 3 to 21 years old. Each installation provides specific resources for these programs and services in local schools or health departments. Before moving, identify programs in your area, be prepared and understand while not all services offered are the same – they are required to be comparable.
The IDEA requires that all states and territories provide special education and related services to eligible children between the ages of 3 through 21. Each local school district has a special education director, and each school should have an individualized education program, or IEP, team or school-based committee that supports students with special education needs.
The IDEA requires that if a child transfers to a different district in the same state, the new school must provide a free, appropriate public education, including comparable services, until the previously held IEP is adopted or a new one is developed and implemented. If a child transfers to another state, the receiving district must provide comparable services until the receiving district completes an evaluation and creates a new IEP, if appropriate.
If you are moving and your child receives special education and related services, you should hand-carry all pertinent school and medical documents, including the IEP and current evaluation reports. Hand-carrying these documents ensures that they are not lost and allows the new school district to begin the process as soon as you move.
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education, offers the Parent Center Hub – also known as the Center for Parent Information and Resources – which has collections of links to serve families and adults with special needs from birth through age 26. They assist families in getting appropriate education and services for their children, work to improve education services for all children, train and inform parents and professionals, resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies and connect those with disabilities to community resources. Find your local parenting center and more by visiting their website.
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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires all states and territories to provide early intervention services to children from birth through 3 years of age who have, or are at risk for having, developmental delays.
Local school districts or health departments often provide these early intervention services. The program is called different names in different areas, but it is often referred to as Part C because it is the section of the law that pertains to early intervention. The national Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center provides a list of State Part C coordinators and funded programs on their website.
When moving, you should hand-carry copies of your child's individual family service plan, or IFSP, and the most current evaluation reports to your new home to ensure they are not lost.
Parents of children enrolled in special education should hand-carry, copies of all pertinent school and medical documents to include their children’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and current testing and evaluation reports to provide to the new school.
If you have a child who requires a specialized service and/or equipment (for example large print books, an Frequency Modulation (FM) trainer or Braille services), it is recommended that you call the Special Education Programs Office located at the Community Superintendent’s Office at 910-907-0232 to obtain specific information about services and to help facilitate a smooth transition to Fort Bragg Schools.
Director of Special ProgramsFort Bragg Dependent SchoolsPO Box 70089Fort Bragg, NC 28307-0089
See your Army Community Service (ACS) EFMP for contact information for the surrounding counties that support Fort Bragg. 910-907-3395
School Age (3-21 years)
The Fort Bragg Dependents Schools provides special education to children from 3 through 21 years of age who meet the housing eligibility requirements for attending a stateside Department of Defense (DDESS) school and meet the Department of Defense criteria for special education services. Services are provided to students with all types and levels of disabilities within a variety of settings.
Preschool children with disabilities may attend their neighborhood school and participate in the preschool program that serves typically developing 4 year olds, participate in a preschool classroom staffed by dually certified teachers with their typically developing peers, and in a more restrictive preschool classroom only for students with disabilities. Based on individual need, students may be served from one to five days per week from less than one hour per day to six hours per day.
Due to the small nature of the school system and geographical location, there may be some specialized services for students that may have to be contracted out to the local public school or another agency. There has been some difficulty at times finding some specific services, such as with a vision specialist, to provide services in this area.
Four Year Old Preschool Program
Fort Bragg Schools provides a universal four year old preschool program for all children who meet the housing requirement for attending the Fort Bragg Schools and turn four years of age on or before the designated date of the current school year. This is a half day preschool program provided at no cost to the parents. Questions about this program can be directed to the individual schools; Bowley Elementary School 910-907-0202, Butner Elementary School 910-907-0203, Devers Elementary School 910-907-0204, Holbrook Elementary School 910-907-0205, McNair Elementary School 910-907-0207, Murray Elementary School 910-907-0208, Pope Elementary School 910-907-0209, or the Community Superintendents Office 910-907-0200.