The Child Find program, for children ages 2-5 years of age, determines whether children qualify for special education services through Arlington Public Schools. Children with suspected delays, such as in the areas of cognition, communication, hearing, vision, social-emotional skills, and/or motor skills, can be referred by anyone, including parents, to a committee to determine whether the child is eligible for special education services. The committee is made up of the Child Find coordinator, a speech pathologist, a psychologist, a social worker, and a special education teacher. Children need to be two years old by September 30th of the current school year in order to receive services in that school year.
How to get started:
- Please call the Child Find Office to get started:
- Phone: 703-228-2550
- APS Request for Entrance Information-Rev. 8.29.17
- Teacher Narrative (for children currently enrolled in PreK in APS or another program)
- Birth Certificate or AFFIDAVIT-Proof of Student Identity and Age (only for those students who cannot furnish a birth certificate at the time of registration)
- Statement of Affirmation form
- Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health Form
- Tuberculosis Screening Certificate
- Proof of Residency
New Office Address:
2110 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204
Child Find can be reached during the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Child Find PreK Contact:
Child Find Special Education Coordinators:
- Christina Birkhofer
- Karen Agate
Child Find Administrative Assistants:
- Elizabeth Siles
Cristina Del Villar
If you are interested in sending a referral to our office, please email us at our main address: firstname.lastname@example.org
ARLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS RESOURCES
Early Childhood in Arlington Public Schools, including the Montessori and Virginia Preschool Initiative programs.
Parent Resource Center The PRC’s purpose is to provide parents the support and information they need as they work with the school system to identify and meet their child’s unique learning needs. The PRC offers support and assistance, a lending library, a parent newsletter, parent training workshops, and serves as an information and referral source for families and staff members.
Parent Infant Education Program (PIE) P.I.E is a family-centered program that serves children who have special needs from birth to their third birthday. The PIE program is part of the statewide early intervention program known as the Infant Toddler Connection of Virginia and is also known locally as the Infant Toddler Connection of Arlington.
- Virginia Department of Education, A Parent’s Guide To Special Education
- Guía de Educación Especial para Padres
Virginia Family Special Education Connection is a new website dedicated to providing comprehensive information on special education issues practices and services to Virginia families who have children with disabilities. This resource was developed by VDOE, in collaboration with the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities at George Mason University.