Your Child's Journey Begins

Your child’s journey begins here, a place where parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can come to find resources for support, development, health, and education services for their children. See the resources below!

Being a parent can be overwhelming at times, especially if you have concerns about your child’s growth, development, health or learning. If you have questions about how your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and or moves, don’t wait! Acting now can make a big difference in your child’s life.

We can help with developmental screening and provide resources as your child begins their journey.

Children learn and grow at different rates.

Developmental screening takes a closer look at your child’s development and may identify a developmental risk or area of concern that was not identified during developmental monitoring.

What is Child Find?

Child Find is a Right of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities ages 3 to 21. It is a continuous process of public awareness activities to locate, refer and identify children as early as possible, in order to provide the services they need.


What Services Are Available?

If the child is identified as a student with an educational disability, specialized instructional services will be provided to address the child’s developmental, functional, and academic needs. Related services are considered if there is a reasonable basis to suspect that specialized support services, such as speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, are required for the student to participate in developmentally appropriate activities or to make progress in school.

Screening, assessments, evaluations, and all special education services which are determined to be necessary are provided free of charge.

Anyone – a parent, doctor, caregiver, teacher, or friend – can make a referral.

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How Do I Access Child Find Services?

Child Find screenings are conducted on a routine basis throughout each district. Children who attend day care centers and private schools are also eligible to receive free screenings.

  • Children under Age 2 ½:
    Contact SC BabyNet Central Office

Central Referral Team at 1-866-512-8881 or make an online referral:

  • Children Age 2 ½ – 6 years NOT enrolled in public school:
    Contact your local school district’s Preschool Assessment Office
  • School-aged students NOT enrolled in public school:
    Contact your  local school district Office
  • School-aged students currently enrolled in public Schools:
    Contact the principal at your assigned school

Every year, many children enter school with undiagnosed developmental delays.

Many children with developmental delays are not identified as early as possible. Screening tools allow us to recognize potential delays sooner and provide early intervention, which is a key factor for children experiencing positive outcomes in the future.