Educating Young Children With Disabilities
Each school district in Wisconsin is responsible for providing a continuum of Special Education and Related Services to Children with Disabilities and who need special education. Including children with disabilities in early childhood programs is a part of this continuum.
For school districts working on improving inclusion at the early childhood level, please watch the above video, Meaningful Inclusion in Early Childhood, to see how one school district in Wisconsin makes inclusion at reality. This mini documentary highlights the Sun Prairie Area School District’s vision where early childhood inclusion is the norm, in school and community based programs.
Children are evaluated to determine if they met the one of the state's eligibility criteria. Special education and related services may provide consultation to staff, direct services to the child, training related to the disability, and other services that are identified in the child's Individualized Education Program.
General Information on Early Childhood Special Education
- Special Education Laws: Federal and state laws are changing special education procedures with an emphasis on parent partnerships, streamlining the process, and increased accountability. The Special Education Team technical assistance page will provide a variety of information on these laws.
The Wisconsin Departments of Children and Families (DCF) and Public Instruction (DPI) Background Check Requirements: This joint memo addresses questions regarding how background check requirements for regulated child care and the new Head Start Program Performance Standards impact collaboration between child care providers, Head Start programs, public schools and special education (and other support services) for children.
- Regular Education Teacher Participation on Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team: Children Receiving Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Services. - Module
Early Childhood Indicators At-A-Glance, July 2021
Early Childhood Special Education Statewide Contacts, August 2020
Early Childhood Program Support and Leadership Brochure, September 2019
Early Childhood Services and Supports, August 2020
Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners
The Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners website serves as the collaborative source of information on issues of cross-sector interest, state initiatives, and research-based practices.