Child Search is a special education service provided for identifying children from ages three through twenty-one who are suspected of having an educational disability and who may be eligible for special education and related services.
What is included in the definition of educational disability?
Federal and state laws identify specific disabling conditions that entitle a child to special education service if it is determined that the disability is interfering with the child’s learning.
These conditions, called educational disabilities, include:
- Developmental Delay
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impairment
- Intellectual Disability
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impairment
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment (including Blindness)
Who is eligible for Child Search?
- Preschool children residing in East Baton Rouge Parish who are not enrolled in a preschool program.
- Children ages 3-21 attending an MSDE approved private/parochial school
located in East Baton Rouge Parish, regardless of residency.
Who may refer a child?
- Most referrals are made directly by a child’s parents.
- Referrals (with parental consent) are made by health care providers, social workers, child care providers, and other individuals familiar with the child’s needs.
What services are available?
- Services for eligible preschool children, who are also East Baton Rouge Parish residents, may include classroom instruction, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and audiological services.
- Services for eligible preschool children who are NOT East Baton Rouge
Parish residents are subject to the current Notice of Services for parentally
placed private/parochial students.
- Services for all eligible children in grades K-12 are subject to the
current Notice of Services for parentally placed private/parochial
For more information regarding CHILD SEARCH call Goodwood Administrative Center at (225) 929-8600.