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Project Child Find

Locating children with Special Needs in our Schools!

What is Child Find?

An effort coordinated by your local school system and the Exceptional Children Division, State Department of Public Instruction to:

  • Locate and identify children and youth ages 0 through 21 with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services
  • Inform parents and/or guardians of the services available from their local school system and other state and community agencies.


Who are the Children?

Children and youth who have been diagnosed or are suspected to have mental, physical, or emotional disabilities and are unable to benefit from a regular school program without special assistance.

What Help is Available?

  • A complete evaluation and, if appropriate
  • An Individual Education Program for children with a disability beginning at age 3
  • An Individual Family Service Plan for each child with a disability birth through 2
  • A referral to other agencies when needed


How Can I Help?

If you know of a child or youth with disabilities who is not in school or receiving special assistance, you can help by:

  • Giving a copy of this brochure to the parents or guardians of the child
  • Encouraging the parent/guardian to contact the school system
  • Lending support to the child and his/her parents/guardians until the referral is complete


For more information, contact:
Swain County Schools
PO Box 2340
Bryson City, NC 28713

Dr. Brandon Sutton, Exceptional Children Director
828-488-3129 ext. 5129



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