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Child Find / Eligibility

Description/Purpose: The purpose of Child Find is to locate, identify, and evaluate children from birth to 21 years of age and their possible need for special education and related services. Child Find is a free referral and information service available through local education agencies (Pampa ISD) and Education Service Center Region 16.


Early Childhood: If you are a parent of a 3-5 year old who is not enrolled at a PISD campus, please contact the Special Populations Office at (806) 669-4700.


School Age: If you are a parent of a 5-21 year old who is enrolled at a PISD campus, please contact your child's principal to begin the referral process.


Private School/Proportionate Share: Each year Pampa ISD must set aside a proportion of federal funds for children placed in private schools by their parents, and who have been identified with special needs. Please note that proportionate share funds are limited and distributed on a first come, first serve basis.


Referral Process: Referrals may be initiated by parents, Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) agencies or campus staff.

Students receiving services through ECI will be transitioned into the public school system starting as early as 120 days prior to their 3rd birthday.

A physician or community agency may recommend that your child be referred for evaluation, however the parent must initiate the request with the district.


Eligibility: Your child must have a disability as defined through federal and state guidelines. As a result of this disability, your child must demonstrate an educational need for services. Disability categories include the following:

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

*Services may begin at birth for children with visual and/or auditory impairments.