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Child Find is a statewide effort by the State Department of Education and the Department of Rehabilitation Services to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities. If you know of a child, birth to age 21, who is not receiving any education services or feel that your child may be in need of special education services, please contact your local school or call the Department of Special Education Support Services at 205-342-0513. 

The Tuscaloosa City Schools has Child Find procedures that ensure that all children within its jurisdiction, ages birth to twenty-one, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who need special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated.  These Child Find procedures also apply to children who attend private schools, within the Tuscaloosa City School district, highly mobile children with disabilities (i.e. migrant and homeless children, or children who are wards of the state), and children who are suspected of having a disability and are in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade.

Why is Child Find Important?

Child Find helps the child, the family, and the provider to plan appropriate services and link families to these services. Special education services are provided within the Tuscaloosa City Schools for students who have been identified as eligible for special education services. Students identified as eligible for special education services must meet the following two requirements:

  • Federal and state eligibility requirements as having a disability; and,
  • Need specially designed instruction.

The staff is dedicated and committed in supporting instructional outcomes for all students. The Department of Special Education Support Services welcomes any comments and concerns. Please feel free to contact the Director of Special Education, Dr. Bruce A Prescott at 205-342-0513 for more information or if you have any questions.

Contact Information

Dr. Bruce A Prescott
Director of Special Education
Tuscaloosa City Schools

(205) 342-0513


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