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  • Special Education or IEP-Related Questions?

    Consult SPEDTex, the Texas Special Education Information Center. This is a resource backed by TEA to inform and support parents, teachers, and anyone committed to the success of children with disabilities.

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    Department of Special Populations, Division of Special Education

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Director of Special Services 
Mail: P.O. DRAWER 1689
CENTER, TX 75935
Phone: (936) 598-1600 • Fax: (936) 598-1624

"Preparing Students for their future"

What is Child Find?

**Center ISD is ready, willing and able to identify and serve all children with disabilities residing within its jurisdiction who are in need of special education and related services.  The district’s child find duties also extend to students with disabilities who are placed in private schools or home schools by their parents.**


Child Find- is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act that requires school districts and charter schools to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities residing in the State, who are in need of Early Childhood Intervention Programs or Special Education and Related Services.

Who can begin the Child Find process?
Anyone can begin the process: a parent/guardian, doctor, teacher, relative or friend.

What services may be available through special education?
Each child’s individual needs will be addressed on an individualized basis by a team consisting of: parent(s) or guardian, campus principal, a person who can interpret evaluation data, teacher(s), and the student (if appropriate). The team will review evaluation information, discuss eligibility, identify areas of need for specialized instruction, including related services (such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, or counseling) and develop a plan to fit the needs of the child.

The term “child with a disability” means the child must meet eligibility criteria for at least one of the 13 disabilities specifically outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and, as a result of the disability, has a need for specially designed instruction that can only be provided through special education. 

How much do services cost?
All services are provided at no cost to the individual or parents.

Who do I contact?
If you are concerned about a child’s learning, contact your child's school principal or CISD Department of Special Education at (936) 598-1600.

Children with Disabilities
In Texas, school district Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) provide special education and related services for eligible children with disabilities ages 3-5. PPCD refers to the services provided by the school district, not to the place where they are provided.  Eligible children may receive PPCD services in a variety of settings such as pre-kindergarten, resource, and self-contained classrooms or in community settings such as Head Start and pre-school. Learn more HERE

DADS - Texas Health and Human Services

DADS offers home and community services for children with disabilities. Services may include medical care through Medicaid, attendant care in your home or modifying your home to make it easier for your child to live in. These services may be different than what is available through your local school district or other state agencies.  

Early Childhood Intervention

In Texas, children between the ages of birth and 36 months can receive services from Early Childhood Intervention ("ECI") if their children need additional support to meet developmental milestones in areas such as language, motor development, adaptive behaviors such as feeding, or learning and play skills.

Assisting Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education or Section 504 Services...


TEA is required to provide school districts and charter schools a written statement of the options and requirements for providing assistance to students who have learning difficulties or who need, or may need special education services (Texas Education Code §26.0081).

The statement must explain that a parent may request an evaluation for special education or Section 504 services at any time. Parents must receive the statement in a written format every year. A school may include the statement in the student handbook, or a school may disseminate the statement through other means such as a letter or newsletter to each parent and ensure that each parent receives a copy.



Additional Information:

The following websites offer information and resources for students with disabilities and their families. (Links below)

Ayudar a los estudiantes que tienen dificultades de aprendizaje o que necesitan educación especial o servicios de la Sección 504...

La TEA debe proporcionar a los distritos escolares y las escuelas chárter una declaración por escrito de las opciones y los requisitos para brindar asistencia a los estudiantes que tienen dificultades de aprendizaje o que necesitan o pueden necesitar servicios de educación especial (Código de Educación de Texas §26.0081).

La declaración debe explicar que un padre puede solicitar una evaluación para educación especial o servicios de la Sección 504 en cualquier momento. Los padres deben recibir la declaración en formato escrito cada año. Una escuela puede incluir la declaración en el manual del estudiante, o una escuela puede difundir la declaración a través de otros medios, como una carta o boletín informativo a cada padre y asegurarse de que cada padre reciba una copia.

Información adicional:

Los siguientes sitios web ofrecen información y recursos para los estudiantes con discapacidades y sus familias. (Links below)

Accommodation Resources: 

TEA accessibility policies may apply to any student taking STAAR or TELPAS depending on his or her needs and whether or not the student meets the eligibility criteria, if applicable. These policies are divided into 3 main categories. Within each category are links to policy documents that provide more specific information. 


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