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Department of the Air Force
104 E. Simpson Street
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404
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.
For all military personnel requiring Special education services for a family member/dependent it is required that you contact the following prior to your arrival at JB Charleston.
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Coordinator at 843-963-4406 or 843-794-7480.
School Liaison Officer (SLO) at 843-963-4410 or 843-963-4406 (for school age children)
Coordinating your arrival will allow for identifying assistance and resource information in the areas including, but not limited to counseling, medical, education, and or respite care assistance needed for your family.
School Districts serving the JB Charleston community are:
Berkeley School District 843-899-8600
Dorchester Two School District 843-875-4161
Charleston School District 843-937-6500
Charter Schools District 843-937-6300
In order to expedite your child's enrollment in a local program, families with special education/medical requirements should hand-carry the following information (as it applies):
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Coordinator at 843-963-4406 & 843-794-7480