This program provides early intervention to young children, age birth to kindergarten, who show developmental delay in the area/s of:
After a child receives a formal evaluation to identify specific needs, trained ECSE teachers and specialists will work with the parents and child to develop his or her greatest potential. From birth to age 3, these Special Education services are delivered to the child primarily in his or her home or child care center within the Orono district. From age 3 to kindergarten, children receive these services through Early Learning Programs at Discovery Center in Maple Plain.
The Early Childhood Special Education process includes consistent parental collaboration and communication. Parents/guardians are essential members of the ECSE team. From birth to age 3, a child’s education is outlined in the “Individual Family Service Plan” or IFSP. After age 3, the child’s educational goals and objectives are spelled out in his or her “Individual Education Plan” or IEP. Parents are a key team member in putting together the IFSP and IEP.
The ECSE staff supports children and their families by:
Parents can request an educational evaluation if they have concerns about their child’s development. Evaluations are provided by the school district at no cost to the family. Referral is the first step of the Early Childhood Special Education process. When a referral is made, an ECSE teacher will discuss the concerns with you. If concerns persist, an evaluation will be developed to determine your child’s eligibility and specific needs.
If you have concerns about your child’s development, please contact:
Minnesota’s Help Me Grow initiative provides information and resources that will help parents, professionals and community members identify children who may be experiencing delays in their development. Help Me Grow provides information that will equip those who interact with young children (birth to kindergarten) to better monitor each child’s development.
When developmental concerns arise, individuals are encouraged to make a referral online at www.helpmegrowmn.org or by calling 1-866-693-GROW (4769). Eligible children and their families receive high-quality infant/toddler intervention or preschool special education services from local qualified professionals.
This site provides information on developmental milestones for children. There are resources for development and what to do if you have concerns.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has developed a new Web page providing a collection of resources specifically for families. The new page features Families Today, a column by Doctors T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua Sparrow, information on quality child care and preschool programs, and resources to support development.
Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.