Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
Early Childhood Special Education
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is a special education program that serves children between the ages of three to five who have delays in the areas of speech, language, physical, social, and or emotional development. The children will also have been identified as being at risk of not achieving academic or life skills without intervention. Special education and related services will be made available to all eligible students on their third birthday. Services for children in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) include daily structured activities that develop language (expressive and receptive), motor (fine and gross), and self-help skills. ECSE provides a variety of placement options for children who qualify for services bases on the least restrictive environment (LRE) and most appropriate placement. Program options may include itinerant speech, self-contained, or inclusion programs. The amount of time and type of services provided are determined by an Individual Education Program (IEP) committee. Eligible students attend this program at no cost to the family.
Services provided include training on specific topics in early childhood special education, district on-site consultation visits and training, and support for districts regarding best practice updates and compliance with state and federal regulations. Also, provided is support for teacher-to-teacher networking.
Early Childhood Outcomes and Prekindergarten Alignment Document
PEIMS Coding and PPCD Decision Tree
Preschool Least Restrictive Environment (PLRE)
State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicator 7/COSF
Jill Zavala, M.Ed.