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PROJECT CHILD FIND

Project CHILD FIND is a referral and awareness service of the New Jersey State Department of Education to help identify unserved children, birth to 21 years of age.

 

1-800-322-8174
All calls received will be kept confidential

 

You may also call

Mercer County Technical Schools

Department of Special Education

609-586-5144 ext. 2146

All calls received will be kept confidential

When a family is concerned that a child may be developmentally or educationally delayed, the first thing they want is more information.  Professionals who work with the child and family may also need information – important information that can help ensure that services are in place to meet the child’s educational needs.

The New Jersey State Department of Education has established Project CHILD FIND, a free public awareness and referral service, to assist families, professionals, and interested individuals by identifying available early intervention, preschool handicapped, and special education programs and services throughout New Jersey.

Project CHILD FIND provides information on resources which may include state, local, and community programs offering child and family support, educational programs, social services, health, and other specialized services.  Assisting families and professionals in finding appropriate resources and special services for children is the primary goal of Project CHILD FIND.

Project CHILD FIND is an effective resource when you need special education information quickly, effortlessly, and without cost.

In New Jersey, each public school district must provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE), to eligible pupils 3 through 21 years of age.  Individuals and/or families who know of a child within this age range with a suspected or known disability, should:

1. Call the public school district where the child resides or the county supervisor of child study to find out the appropriate contact person in the district.

2. Send a written request for an evaluation of the appropriate contact person.  Include the parent’s or legal guardian’s name, and address as well as the child’s name, age, address, and suspected or known disability.

After receiving your written request, the district has 30 days to make a determination and provide you as the parent(s), as to whether the child study team will conduct an evaluation.

Project CHILD FIND encourages families, professionals, and interested individuals to call if they need help identifying their concerns or wish to locate additional and /or necessary resources within their communities.

Atlantic County (609) 625-0004 Ext. 44

Bergen County (210) 599-6256

Burlington County (609)265-5060

Camden County (609)756-5700

Cape May County (609)465 7911 Ext. 1282

Cumberland County (609) 451-0211

Essex County (210) 857-5700

Gloucester County (609) 468-6500

Hudson County (210) 319-3850

Hunterdon County (908) 788-1414

Mercer County (609) 588-5873

Middlesex County (908) 431-7812

Morris County (201) 285-8320

Ocean County (908) 929-2078

Passaic County (201)304-6020

Salem County (6090 769-2700

Somerset County (908) 231-7171

Sussex County (201) 579-6996

Union County (908) 654-9860

Warren County (908) 475-6326