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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:
While all young children grow and change at their own rate, some children experience delays in their development. Special health conditions may affect children’s development, too. Accessing early intervention services as early as possible will ensure the best developmental outcomes for these children.
This site provides information on developmental milestones for children. There are resources for development and what to do if you have concerns.
While all young children grow and change at their own rate, some children experience delays in their development. Special health conditions may also affect children’s development. Accessing early intervention services as early as possible will ensure the best developmental outcomes for these children. Minnesota’s early intervention system – Help Me Grow – includes programs for eligible children.
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.
Minnesota’s Help Me Grow: Preschool Special Education services meet the needs of preschool children who meet state eligibility criteria for developmental delay or disability and are experiencing challenges in their learning and development. Your child may be eligible if he/she has a significant delay in development of their ability to learn, speak or play. Services are individually tailored to meet the unique learning needs of each child.
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.