Child Find

  • The purpose of Child Find is to locate, identify, and evaluate infants, children and young adults through age 21 who may have a disability, such as learning, speech and language, vision, hearing, physical or health impairments. 

    GPISD ensures all students are afforded an appropriate education. GPISD provides Child Find information to district employees, physician, day cares, private schools, and other entities in the city of Grand Prairie and surrounding areas. GPISD ensures special education services at no cost are available to eligible students ages three through 21 years and to children from birth through age 21 years who have a hearing or visual impairment. Children from birth to age three with other disabilities will be referred to appropriate agencies for services.

    Special services are available to eligible infants, children, and your adults identified with a disability who may be experiencing difficulties in one or more of the following areas:

    • Auditory Impairment
    • Autism
    • Deaf-Blindness
    • Emotional Disturbance
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Other Health Impairment
    • Orthopedic Impairment
    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Speech/Language Impairment
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Visual Impairment

    Grand Prairie ISD identifies children ages three, four, and five who may be eligible and would benefit from a Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD). Request for a Child Find Meeting may be made by parents, other concerned persons or Head Start.  ECI case workers will initiate the referral process for children that have been identified with a delay. GPISD completes Child Find Meetings and/or evaluations during the school year.

    For information on referring children enrolled in GPISD suspected of having a disability, contact the GPISD special education department or your child’s campus RTI team. 

    For information on referring children not enrolled in GPISD suspected of having a disability, contact the GPISD Child Find Department.
    For services for children less than 3 years old contact Dallas Metrocare - Early Childhood Intervention Services at 214-333-7076.