Early Childhood Special Education

  • Who is eligible to enroll in Early Childhood Special Education?
    Eligible children are identified as having a disability as determined by criteria outlined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. An active Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed and implemented through the Columbia School District's Early Childhood Special Education Program.

    When is ECSE preschool registration?
    Parents may register their child after eligibility has been determined through the evaluation process. An eligible student may begin services with Early Childhood Special Education upon his or her third birthday.

    Where do eligible children receive ECSE services?
    The location for service delivery is determined on an individual basis through the IEP process. A child may receive therapy itinerantly in the community or through the Early Childhood Education Center.

    Where should parents enroll their child in the ECSE program?
    Parents receive an enrollment packet when an IEP is developed. Completed enrollment forms should be returned to the Early Childhood Special Education office at 1818 W. Worley St. Enrollment must be completed prior to the start of services.