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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 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires all states and territories to provide early intervention services to children from birth to 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 Part C 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. Also, Military OneSource can assist you in identifying early intervention programs in your area. When moving, you should hand-carry copies of your child's individual family service plan and the most current evaluation reports to your new home to ensure they are not lost.
The IDEA requires that all states and territories provide special education and related services to eligible children between the ages of 3 and 21. Each local school district has a special education director, and each school should have an individualized education program team or school-based committee that attends to students with special education needs.
The IDEA requires that if a child transfers to a different district in the same state, the receiving school must provide a free, appropriate public education, including comparable services, until the new school adopts the previously held individualized education program or develops, adopts and implements a new individualized education program. 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 individualized education program, 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 individualized education program 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.
Parent Training and Information Centers serve families and adults with special needs from birth to 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 out more at the Center for Parent Information and Resources website.
Personnel arriving at Ft. Detrick with an Exceptional Family Member (EFMP) should contact the EFMP office upon arrival. The office is located in Bldg 1520, Room 125, telephone 301-619-3385. At your initial appointment you will learn the medical appointment system, the community referral process and be offered supportive counseling.
Many different educational opportunities exist within the Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS). The Special Education Office telephone number is 301-644-5281. Most students are taught entirely or partly in regular classrooms or in special education classrooms within community schools.
Operating in each of our schools, Child Find is designed to identify all children from birth through age 21 who have special needs and connect them with appropriate educational and other services. Parents suspecting their child may have a disability should contact the nearest school. If a child is 2 years, 9 months or older and not enrolled in FCPS, parents should contact the Child Find Office at 301-644-5292 for preschoolers and 301-644-5003 for school-aged students. Information regarding the Child Find process for children younger than 2 years, 9 months may be obtained from the Frederick County Developmental Center, 301-600-1611. For those living outside of the Fort Detrick/Frederick area please contact your local school system or your EFMP Manager for additional assistance.
Infants and Toddlers Program
This interagency program provides early intervention services for children from birth through age 2 who are experiencing developmental delays in areas such as motor development, cognition, communication, social-emotional or self-help skills. For information, call the Frederick County Developmental Center at 301-694-1611.
Washington County Early Intervention Program's goal is to provide comprehensive and coordinated Early Intervention Services to families who have an eligible infant or toddler with, or at risk for, developmental delays. If you have a concern about your infant s or toddler s development, call Early Intervention Program at 301-766-8217. A service coordinator will help you arrange a multidisciplinary evaluation and assessment to determine program eligibility.