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National Child Count
Each year in December, state projects serving children who are deaf-blind report on children identified in their state. The count serves as the common vehicle to meet federal grant requirements for both the state/multi-state and national technical assistance projects. It also serves as a common data collection and reporting mechanism for use across the country. This group serves as the nexus for state project activities related to the child count, its purpose, focus and discussions.
Technical Assistance & Support
A range of technical assistance is available to state projects for conducting the annual child count.
This includes materials and tools to support child count activities: instructions, forms, resources about confidentiality, FileMaker Pro guidance, and a “Dear Colleague” letter from OSEP.
Biannual webinars and drop-in calls take place in October and January to present information about the child count and provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer sharing of strategies, materials, and tools.
One-on-one consultations are also available with the Initiative Lead, Mark Schalock, to answer specific questions.
We also can provide custom analyses and reports for you using data from 2007 to the most current count. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your ideas and needs.
Initiative Background & Data Facts
Use the information here to understand the intent of the National Child Count and the unique role it plays in understanding the children who make up this low-incidence population.