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The Early Childhood Special Education Office provides oversight to a wide range of special education
programs and services for children birth to five who have identified special education needs. In accordance with state and federal law, unique programs and services for both infants and preschool children are supported by this office.
The Infant Program provides early intervention services for children birth to three years of age who have been identified with a hearing loss, visual impairment, or severe orthopedic impairment. The infant services focus on supporting the overall development of the child and providing resources and education to family members and other caregivers. The services are delivered in the natural environment for the child and in the context of the family. Families and staff work together to develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) that guides the service delivery for each child and family.
The Preschool Program provides special education services for children three to five years of age who have been identified with one of the federal and state defined special education eligibilities. The programs are designed to promote a partnership between professionals and families to help meet the child's individual needs and increase future school success. Children are served in the least restrictive environment in a wide variety of early childhood settings. Emphasis is placed on the development of language, social-emotional, motor and pre-academic skills through activities and materials that are concrete and relevant to their lives. Families and staff work together to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that guides the service delivery for each child.