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Bldg. 4-2843 Normandy Drive
Soldier Support Center
Fort Liberty, NC 23810
Contact information for key programs and services at this installation.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires states and territories to provide early intervention and special education services to eligible children and young adults. Early intervention services, or EIS, are available for children from birth to 3 years old, and special education services are available to children from 3 to 21 years old. Installation EFMP Family Support providers can provide specific information and resources for these services.
All states and territories must provide early intervention services to children who have, or are at risk for having, developmental delays, from birth to their third birthday.
Most CONUS locations, local school districts or health departments provide these early intervention services. The program is called different names in different areas, but it is often referred to as Part C because that is the section of the law that pertains to early intervention. The Education Directory for Children with Special Needs has a list of resources specific to each state to help you determine who you should contact. Your installation EFMP Family Support provider can also answer your questions.
If you are moving OCONUS or to a CONUS location with a DODEA school (and you live on installation), your child will receive EIS through the Defense Department’s Educational and Developmental Intervention Services, or EDIS, program.
When moving, you should hand carry copies of your child's most current individual family service plan, or IFSP, and the most current evaluation reports to your new home to ensure they are not lost.
All states and territories provide special education and related services to eligible children between the ages of 3 through 21.
When 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. When a child transfers to another state, the receiving school must provide comparable services until an IEP review can determine if a new evaluation or IEP is appropriate.
If you are moving and your child receives special education and related services, you should hand carry all necessary school and medical documents, including the most current IEP and current evaluation reports. Hand carrying these documents ensures that they are not lost and allows the new school to begin the process as soon as you arrive.
Special Education/EIS –Special Education Record
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, 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 Liberty Schools. This applies only to those Families that reside in Fort Liberty Housing. If you reside off of the installation, please contact the Army Community Service EFMP Family Support office at 910-396-8682/8683 for the public school system in your county of residence.
Special Education/EIS - Contacts
Instructional Systems Specialist Special Education (Ages 3-21 years)Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)-Fort Liberty CommunityMary Beth Malone 910-907-0386 or 334-413-0224
Contact your Army Community Service (ACS) EFMP Family Support Office for information pertaining to the surrounding counties that support Fort Liberty. Please call 910-396-8682/8683.
Educational and Developmental Interventions Services (EDIS) (Ages birth-3 years)
Fort Liberty, NC 28310
School Age (3-21 years)
The DoDEA Fort Liberty Schools provide special education to children in preschool through 8th grade who meet the housing eligibility requirements for attending a stateside DoDEA school and meet the Department of Defense criteria for special education services. Students in high school attend school off post and are zoned for Harnett or Cumberland County schools. 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 or in a more restrictive preschool classroom only for students with disabilities beginning at the age of three. 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.
Four Year Old Preschool Program
Fort Liberty Schools provide a universal four year old preschool program for all children who meet the housing requirement for attending them 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, Devers Elementary School 910-907-0204, Gordon Elementary School 910-907-1300, Hampton Primary School 910-907-0205, Shughart Elementary School 910-907-0162 or the Community Superintendents Office 910-907-0200.
Contact your ACS EFMP Family Support Office for information pertaining to the surrounding counties that support Fort Liberty if you reside off of the installation. Please call 910-396-8682/8683.