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3021 McGuire Blvd.
McGuire AFB, NJ 08641
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.
All public special education programs are coordinated through the local school district Child Study Team. There are a variety of special schools for very special needs children within an hour commute of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Information on these very specialized schools is available from the EFMP Office at 87 Medical Group.
There are a few private Special Education schools within a hours commute of McGuire, with tuition ranging from $14,000 - $21,000/year. Contact the Military and Family Support Center, EFMP, 609-754-3154 for details.
Placement is determined by the Child Study Team . Programs include resource rooms and Perceptually Impaired (also known as Learning Disabled) classes. Some students are placed in special education classes outside the district, depending on needs.
Parents of children in grades 7-12, who have any type of special education need, should contact the Child Study Team prior to arrival. They can be reached by calling 609-298-3900.
There are approximately 35 private schools within a 20 - 40 minute drive of McGuire, including Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Christian, Quaker (Friends), Lutheran and 7-Day Adventist. If you require specific information on private schools, contact the Military and Family Support Center. You may reach the MFSC by calling 609-754-3154.
Individualized and small group instruction is provided for special needs students in classes staffed by special education teachers. Basic special education curriculum is locally available.
Burlington and surrounding counties have a wide variety of special education programs, but most are a 20-30+ minute bus ride from McGuire AFB. New Jersey has a "set list" of Special Ed classifications and will not recognize some classifications that are accepted in other states.
Pre-School Special Needs Program
Pre-school special needs program is available through the North Hanover Township Schools. Screening for this program is available to any child if he/she is between the ages of 3 years and 4 years, 11 months before 1 Oct.