Child Find is a federally funded program in the State of Delaware which locates, identifies and provides educational services to eligible persons from three years of age through the age of twenty-one.
The Child Find Specialist is responsible for providing screening in all childcare facilities, non-public and public schools within the Brandywine School District. This is accomplished through a team of Child Find testers in the spring and fall of each year, and also on a case-by-case basis at other times, should the need arise. Children whose screening scores indicate may have a disability are provided individual assessments to determine if they indeed have a disability. Parents are invited to participate in the development of an IEP/IFSP for the identified child, and this plan is then implemented by the district to meet the needs of the student.
For more information on Child Find please contact:
Bush Early Learning Center
Brandywine ECAP/STEP offers tuition-free preschool programs for families who meet the Federal Head Start Income Guidelines. Students must be four years of age by August 31 to begin the program. ECAP and STEP each have fifty-one slots available. The program is located at P.S. DuPont Middle School. The mission of the program is to prepare students to enter kindergarten by teaching them the readiness skills that will make them successful learners.
The programs use the Creative Curriculum for Preschoolers, Breakthrough to Literacy and Handwriting Without Tears. Field trips and special programs offer new experiences for the students and broadens their experiences. Both programs offer individualized instruction with a low teacher-student ratio. There is a teacher and paraprofessional in each classroom and class size is limited to 17 children.
Brandywine ECAP/STEP are inclusive programs. Students with disabilities/challenges have the opportunity to be in a classroom with their peers. Speech/language, occupational and physical therapists are available to provide services for students. A bilingual classroom is also available for non-English speaking students.
To qualify for the program:
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- The child must be four years old by August 31
- The family must meet the Federal Head Start Income Guidelines
- The child/family must reside in the Brandywine School District
P. J. Facciolo