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About Early Childhood Special Education (B-3, Preschool)

When a parent, caregiver, doctor, or anyone else has a concern about a young child’s development, a referral can be made for a developmental evaluation. All evaluations and services are provided at no cost to parents.


Birth through Age Two: Early Support for Infants and Toddlers is the early intervention program in Washington State serving eligible children from birth through the child’s third birthday. If there are concerns about a child's development (birth through age two), call: Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588 to connect with local early intervention services.


Preschool (Ages 3-5): The local school district conducts evaluations for children who are three to five years old. Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services are available in every school district.


Essential Steps for Arranging a Developmental Evaluation (children ages 3-5)

      Contact the special education office (360)582-3402 in the local school district to request an evaluation. Parents can also send a written request for evaluation to the district’s Special Education department. The school district determines if an evaluation is needed.

 

      If an evaluation is scheduled, the parent and child attend the evaluation. This may include bringing the child to school once or twice for a play-based evaluation conducted by qualified professionals. Parents are asked to share information related to their child’s development, health and medical history. The evaluation will include the developmental areas of concern. Children generally enjoy the evaluation session(s).

 

Following the evaluation, a meeting will be scheduled to discuss the evaluation results and determine if the child is eligible for special education services.


Early Childhood Special Education Programs

If the child meets eligibility criteria for special education services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed. The IEP contains educational goals for the child and identifies where special education services will be provided. Early Childhood Special Education services may be delivered in a variety of settings, including: district-operated preschool programs, Head Start or Early Childhood Education and Assistance Programs (ECEAP), child care centers, or community preschool programs.


About Special Education (Ages 6-21)

Special Education and related services are provided annually to about 124,000 eligible students in the state across 295 school districts. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that children with disabilities and the families of such children have access to a free appropriate public education (FAPE). IDEA is focused on improving educational results for children with disabilities. RCW 28A.155 provides the statutory basis for special education services in Washington, and WAC 392-172A provides the regulatory basis for both IDEA and RCW 28A.155.

 

Essential Steps for Arranging a Developmental Evaluation (children ages 6-21)

Contact the special education office (360)582-3402 in the local school district to request an evaluation. Parents can also send a written request for evaluation to the district’s Special Education department. The school district determines if an evaluation is needed and the parent's permission is required for testing. The evaluation will include areas of concern.

Following the evaluation, a meeting will be scheduled to discuss the evaluation results and determine if the child is eligible for special education services. 

Special Education Programs

If the child meets eligibility criteria for special education services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed. The IEP contains educational goals for the child and identifies where special education services will be provided. Special Education services may be delivered in a variety of settings. 


 

File a Citizen Complaint

http://www.k12.wa.us/SpecialEd/DisputeResolution/CitizenComplaint.aspx



 

 

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