Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is a service available to children from birth to seven-years-old who are eligible for and in need of specially designed instruction.
Services for Children Birth to Three
Early intervention services are available for children from birth through age 2 who meet criteria established by the Minnesota State Department of Education. An Early Childhood Special Education Teacher and additional service providers offer services as specified in the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).
Early childhood special education services may also include occupational therapy, physical therapy consultation, speech/language services, vision and hearing services, assistive technology, autism consultation and parent education. Services and support are provided in the home, daycare or other Early Childhood Education settings.
Services for Children Three to Kindergarten
Early Childhood Special Education services are available for children from age three to kindergarten entrance who meet criteria established by the Minnesota State Department of Education. Services follow an Individual Education Plan (IEP) developed by parents and service providers. Services are based on each child’s individual needs and provided at school, daycare or other Early Childhood Education settings.