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. 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.
- Commonly Asked Questions: You can review the DPI bulletin that answers many question about evaluations for children with suspected disabilities, the application of significant developmental delay as an eligibility criteria, and preschool issues related to the special education laws.
- Regular Education Teacher Participation on Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team: Children Receiving Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Services. - Module
- Child Find: School districts and other early childhood programs are working together through informed referral networks to identify children who may need additional developmental support and to provide information to parents about their child's development. Find out about the Child Development Days Model for developmental review or link to CESA 6's website on the Informed Referral Network.
- Social Emotional Competence: The SEFEL Pyramid Model--comprehensive, cross disciplinary professional development to support professionals working to ensure the social and emotional well-being of infants, young children, and their families.
- Overview of the Wisconsin Pyramid Model Initiative
- Early Dual Language Learner Initiative (EDLLI)
The Early Dual Language Learner Initiative (EDLLI) provides professional development, technical assistance and resources to community partners regarding culturally and linguistically responsive practices for young children, birth-6. The EDLLI Leadership Team, comprised of 25 stakeholders, and its smaller Steering Committee, were created as part of this initiative to help coordinate and advance efforts on behalf of young children who are dual language learners and their families throughout the state. In addition, the EDLLI collaborates with other state initiatives in order to include the strengths and needs of dual language learners and their families in different statewide trainings such as those provided by Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, Preschool Options, and Wisconsin Pyramid Model for social emotional competence.
- 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.
- Wisconsin Educational Services Program Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Birth to Six Services
- Early Childhood Special Education Events Calendar
Early Childhood Special Education Indicators
Indicator 6: Preschool Environments
Indicator 7: Child Outcomes
- An Introduction to Child Outcomes brochure
Indicator 12: Early Transitions
- Information Update Bulletin 99.09, Transition from Birth to 3 Programs to Special Education
For more information regarding services for young children 3-5 years of age with special education needs; or for more information regarding services and programs for young children Birth to 3 years of age, the transition into school programs, or creation of collaborative systems contact: