Child Find is a process in which children with special needs are identified. Preschoolers and school-age children who have suspected or already identified problems in development may which interfere with their educational progress may be referred.
Who May Refer?
- Community Agencies
- Child Care Providers
- Other Health Specialist
- Private Schools
Who is Eligible for Child Find?
Residents of Talbot County, ages 3-21, who have suspected or diagnosed delays in thinking and reasoning, speech and language, motor skills, self-help skills, social and adaptive behavior. All services are provided by Talbot County Public Schools at no cost to the family.
Who Do You Contact (Children Ages 3-21:)
Supervisor of Special Education
Talbot County Education Center
410-822-0330, ext. 139 or ext. 141
Healthy Families Mid-Shore is an evidence-based, accredited home visiting program of the Queen Anne's County Department of Health in partnership with Talbot County Health Department, Kent County Health Department and Caroline County Health Department. The families served are eligible for Maryland Children's Health Program or are uninsured and must reside in Queen Anne's, Talbot, Kent or Caroline Counties.
Highly trained Family Support Workers deliver home visiting services to families facing some challenges. Using the "Growing Great Kids" curriculum, the Family Support Workers offer support services, resources and education for prenatal / postpartum women, fathers, and infants. We conduct developmental screenings for children, provide referrals to community resources and provide information regarding essential parenting tips. The program is voluntary and geared towards each family's individual needs. For more information please contact Healthy Families Staff.
Project Right Steps is a free service that addresses the needs of child care providers and parents that are dealing with children (0-5) with challenging behaviors. Project Right Steps is designed to support changes in the child’s behavior through the specialist’s work with both the child care provider and the family. Specialists offer services including observation, assessment, and consultation. They suggest strategies to assist the provider(s) and parents in addressing the child’s challenging behaviors.
The Talbot County Infants & Toddlers Program provides early intervention services, at no cost to the families, for eligible children ages birth to three years and their families. (If a child is receiving services prior to their third birthday, there is a provision to remain on an extended plan until pre-K age). Children qualify based on one of the following: a 25% or greater developmental delay in one or more areas of development, a diagnosed condition with high probability of delay or atypical development in one or more areas of development. Examples of children served include: premature babies, children with language or motor delays or those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
The Talbot County I&T Program, in accordance with state and federal requirements, is an interagency program. The three local participating public agencies are the Public Schools (lead agency), Departments of Social Services and Health Department.
Services are voluntary, so families may choose to use some or all of the services offered. Services are provided in homes, child care settings or other community settings where the child and family naturally spend time.
The Judy Center is a partnership between Talbot County Public Schools, community programs, agencies and organizations, as well as private businesses and most importantly families, with the goal of assuring that ALL children enter school with the readiness skills they need to succeed. What happens in the first 5 years of life and the connections that are formed in the brain during that time, have a direct impact on how successful a child will be in school as well as in their adult lives!
High quality, accredited, full day/full year and wrap around childcare services for children 6 weeks through Kindergarten.
- Early Head Start and Head Start
- Home visiting services that focus on health and development
- Library and literacy services as well as free children’s books
- Physical, dental and mental health services
- Play Groups for children birth to age three, family recreational and community activities
- Parent Education/ Parent Support Groups
- Adult Education (ABE/GED/ESL), job training and higher education opportunities
- Joint professional trainings for staff
- Service Coordination for children and families
- Learning Parties and Other Family trainings
Any child from birth through Kindergarten that lives within the Easton Elementary School attendance area is considered a “Judy Center” child/family.
Judy Center’s do NOT charge for the services that they directly supply but there may be costs associated with some individual programs. Please contact specific partners or call us at the Judy Center for more information.