What is Child Search?

Child Search is a part of the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which mandates local school districts to identify children who may have special needs. Child Search aims to identify children who may have difficulty learning, present with a disability or present with exceptional skills that are beyond their age level. NOLA Public Schools’ Child Search Office assumes the responsibility for locating and evaluating children, ages 3-5 years, in Orleans Parish.

What services are available?

The Child Search Office is available to help a child who has a learning problem or disability. With parental permission, services could include:

  • Free screening to determine if the child should be evaluated or linked with other community agencies.
  • If screening indicates, an evaluation is conducted to see what type of services the child may need.
  • If the evaluation finds the child to need services, services may include free special education instruction, speech services, occupational therapy services, physical therapy services, and/or social work services.

Child Search

Our Child Search Office conducts screenings and/or multidisciplinary evaluations for children, ages 3-5, suspected of having a disability. This service is provided to all children within Orleans Parish, at no cost to the family. To access the Child Search Scheduling System, please click the button below, or call 504-304-4988 to schedule an appointment.

Request a Child Search Appointment
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Administrative Reviews of Private Evaluations

If your child has a current evaluation (within one year of today’s date) from a private vendor, please bring a copy of the complete evaluation and the Request for Administrative Review Form to the attention of the Assistant Director of ECS, at 2401 Westbend Parkway, Suite 2060, New Orleans, Louisiana 70114 , or email a copy to ecs@opsb.us.

Request for Administrative Review

External Resources

NOLA Public Schools. Every Child. Every School. Every Day.

2401 Westbend Parkway
New Orleans, Louisiana 70114

Phone: 504-304-3520

Hotline Number for Parents

School-based issues or concerns from parents

24-hour Hotline Number for Community
District based community concerns, feedback, & inquiries from school staff or community members