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Early Childhood Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services are designed for young children (aged 3-5) with disabilities who need specially designed instruction or related services and whose disability(ies) causes the children to be unable to participate in developmentally appropriate typical preschool activities. School districts are required by law to ensure that developmentally appropriate ESCE programs and services are available. ECSE programs and services ensure that all children with disabilities have a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) that is designed to meet their unique needs and enable them to make progress in acquiring knowledge and skills, improving social relationships, and learning to take action to meet their needs within the general education program.

A young child who is deemed eligible for special education receives services in the least restrictive environment (LRE), which can include his/her home, a child care setting, or a public school, as determined by the child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team. Services are provided at no cost to families through ECSE programs in public school districts throughout Minnesota.

What to do if you have concerns about your child’s development

Remembering our goal and purpose, we believe that parents and caregivers are their child’s first teacher.  We value the perspective that you bring about your child. We also believe that with early interventions and support, children can make gains in their development.  

  • Seek out a teacher, or someone you have developed a rapport with in our program. Share your concerns and what you are seeing.  They can help direct you to the next step.
  • Schedule an Early Childhood Screening
  • Go onto the Help Me Grow website to learn more about making a referral yourself.