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.
- Regular Education Teacher Participation on Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team: Children Receiving Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Services. - Module
- Preschool Entitlement and Discretionary Grants: Preschool funds are available for special education programs and services to children with disabilities ages 3-5 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- The Collaborating Partners website contains information related to the Birth-6 system on Preschool Environments, Child Outcomes, and Early Transitions from Part C.