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Project Child Find

Project Child Find

Project CHILD FIND is a free referral and awareness campaign to assist in the identification of youth with a delay or disability from birth to twenty-one years of age. 

If you are concerned that your infant or toddler (birth to age three) is not developing at a level that is commensurate with his/her chronological age, call the new statewide toll free referral number for the New Jersey Early Intervention System at 1-888-653-4463.  

Do you have or know a preschool child (three to five years of age) who may be experiencing difficulty with:

  • Communicating his/her ideas
  • Understanding simple directions
  • Seeing or hearing
  • Walking or running
  • Manipulating objects
  • Behavior concerns

If you are concerned about your preschool aged child due to any of the aforementioned, or additional, areas and reside in Mt. Ephraim, you can contact our District’s Child Study Team.  The Child Study Team conducts evaluations of children from ages 3 to 21, free of charge.  Children that are determined eligible can receive special education and related services through the district’s department of special education, and to the maximum extent possible with nondisabled peers.

Referral Procedures for School Age Children

The Child Study Team (CST) may receive a referral from school personnel, the RTI Team, or a parent of a student who is experiencing academic, physical, sensory, emotional, communication or social difficulties, even if, with the support of individually designed services, he/she is advancing from grade to grade. 

A parent may refer by submitting a letter requesting an evaluation of his/her child to the Child Study Team at the address above.  Please include in parental referrals the following information:  your address, child’s full name, age, date of birth, grade and brief statement of your concerns.

Special services are available to all students who have been identified through evaluation as being in need.  These services include individualized or modified instruction, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language therapy, counseling and case management by a CST member.  Special services vary from student to student and are outlined in Individual Education programs (IEPs) which are developed by IEP teams consisting of CST representatives, teacher, parents and others as necessary.

For questions and info contact:

Laura Venello Ed. D

Director of Child Study Team

856-931-7807 ext. 6061