• Early Childhood Special Education (ESCE) Overview

    Help Me Grow
    A child’s early years bring wonder and excitement for families! Children grow and change rapidly from birth to kindergarten entrance and are learning every day. Some babies and young children need extra help to learn and grow. You may have concerns about your child’s vision, hearing, moving, talking, play, learning, behaving, or your child has a medical diagnosis that affects development. If you have concerns about a child ages birth to kindergarten entrance, you can make a referral to Help Me Grow for help. You will be connected with a developmental specialist who will explore your concerns about your child with you and discuss screening and evaluation for consideration of further services.

    Contact Help Me Grow 622 or call 651-702-8480.

    Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
    Early Childhood Special Education services are available to children with special education needs determined through a comprehensive evaluation.

    There are two programs that children may be eligible for depending on their age. These services are made available through a federal law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, often referred to as IDEA.

    Part C of IDEA is the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers (children ages birth-two). In ISD 622 this program is called ISD 622 Birth to 3: Early Intervention Services.

    Part B of IDEA is the Preschool Special Education Program and Services (children ages 3-5).

    These two programs have different eligibility criteria, locations, and services available to your child and family. The services are determined through the evaluation and planning process. Parents are partners in the decision-making as evaluation and program planning are completed.

    For more information about ECSE call 651-702-8450 or click here.

    Special Needs
    Our program staff collaborate with Early Childhood Family Education and work together as a team, including parents, to best meet the learning and developmental needs of all children.