The Early Childhood Special Education Program (ECSE):
Early intervention helps identify any difficulties or delays in the developmental process and intervenes at the very earliest stages to help a child progress to his or her full potential.
Birth through two
Services for students under the age of three are typically delivered with a family-centered model. Instruction often occurs in the home, with special education staff, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists making home visits to work directly with children and to provide parents with strategies to facilitate child development.
Three through five
Services for students aged three to five are typically delivered with a center-base approach. A variety of classes are offered to meet the needs of children with various developmental needs. Classes often include inclusion activities, which allows early childhood special education students the opportunity to learn and play with typically developing peers. Specialized services, such as speech therapy and occupational therapy, are provided within the classroom.