Child Find is the service that the State of Maryland has established to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities. It is available at no cost to families.
To initiate Child Find services, please find the category that best describes your child and follow the instructions for that category.
Families of children with questions or concerns about their child’s development are also encouraged to contact the HCPSS Child Find Office (p: 410–313–7046), located in the Old Cedar Lane Building at 5451 Beaverkill Road, Columbia, MD.
Children Ages 3 to 5
Prior to Kindergarten
Email the Child Find Office directly with “3 to 5” in the subject line of the email.
The Preschool Child Find Team is an interdisciplinary team that provides identification services to children from three to five years of age who may have a disability including developmental delay. The team includes an educational diagnostician, a speech-language pathologist, a psychologist, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, an audiologist, a pediatrician, and a nurse. Parents are important members of the team and are included in each IEP team meeting.
School-Aged Children (5–21)
For both resident and non-resident students who are parentally placed in a private or religiously affiliated school in Howard County.
Email the Child Find Office directly with“School Age” in the subject line.
School-Aged Children (K–21)
For resident students in Howard County.
Please contact the school for which your child is zoned. Use our School Locator to identify your home school.