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Project Child Find launched throughout district

PITTSBORO, N.C. — Project Child Find in Chatham County Schools (CCS) runs from Sept. 9-20 to identify youths between the ages of 3 and 21 who have disabilities and require special education and other related services. The local effort is part of a concentrated statewide push to identify young people requiring special education. Project Child Find informs parents and guardians of such individuals about services available in their local school systems and at other state and community agencies.

Project Child Find seeks youths 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. Those aware of such youths who are not in school or not receiving special assistance are encouraged to contact the principal at the school in their area, or they could call the district’s Exceptional Children’s Department at 919-542-6400. Community support would help the effort a great deal, according to Melvin Diggs, the district’s executive director for exceptional children and AIG. 

The following organizations have more information: 

  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
    • Exceptional Children Division: 919-807-3969
    • Office of Early Learning (for ages 3-5): 919-807-3946  
  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: 1-800-662-7030
  • Family Support Network: 1-852-TLC-0042

Published Aug. 29, 2019