School Liaison Office
T.J. Mills Boulevard & 761st Tank Battalion Avenue
Building 121, Room 149
Fort Hood, TX 76544
Phone 254-288-7946 / 254-287-9905
Phone (DSN) 312-738-7946
Fax (DSN) 312-737-9905
Early Intervention and Special Education Services
Children from Birth to 3 Years of Age
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, requires all states and territories to provide early intervention services to children from birth to 3 years of age who have, or are at risk for having, developmental delays. Local school districts or health departments often provide these early intervention services. The program is called different names in different areas, but it is often referred to as Part C (because Part C is the section of the law that pertains to early intervention). The national Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center provides a list of state Part C coordinators and funded programs on their website. Also, Military OneSource can assist you in identifying early intervention programs in your area. When moving, you should hand-carry copies of your child's individual family service plan and the most current evaluation reports to your new home to ensure they are not lost.
Children Between 3 and 21 Years of Age
The IDEA requires that all states and territories provide special education and related services to eligible children between the ages of 3 and 21. Each local school district has a special education director, and each school should have an individualized education program team or school-based committee that attends to students with special education needs.
The IDEA requires that if a child transfers to a different district in the same state, the receiving school must provide a free, appropriate public education, including comparable services, until the new school adopts the previously held individualized education program or develops, adopts and implements a new individualized education program. If a child transfers to another state, the receiving district must provide comparable services until the receiving district completes an evaluation and creates a new individualized education program, if appropriate.
If you are moving and your child receives special education and related services, you should hand-carry all pertinent school and medical documents, including the individualized education program and current evaluation reports. Hand-carrying these documents ensures that they are not lost and allows the new school district to begin the process as soon as you move.
Parent Training and Information Centers serve families and adults with special needs from birth to age 26. They assist families in getting appropriate education and services for their children, work to improve education services for all children, train and inform parents and professionals, resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies and connect those with disabilities to community resources. Find out more at the Center for Parent Information and Resources website.
Installation Specific Information
Military Families with a special needs Family member, also known as an Exceptional Family Member (EFM), often require additional help in meeting the EFM's needs. To support Families with special needs, the Army created the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) in the early 1980's. The Army designed the EFMP to be a comprehensive, coordinated, multi-agency program that provides community support, housing, medical, educational, respite care, and personnel services to military Families with an EFM.
School districts are committed to providing a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) through individualized special education services for children with disabilities who live in the Central Texas area. Military children who receive services under an Individual Education Plan (IEP) through the school or under an Individual Family Services Plan through Early Childhood Education (ECI) must be enrolled in EFMP. Services received under a 504 Plan do not require enrollment to receive assistance.
ECI is a statewide program for Families with children, birth to three, with disabilities and developmental delays. ECI supports Families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services. Services are provided by a variety of local agencies and organizations across Texas. ACS EFMP partners with ECI to provide a wide range of services for clients.
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