Early Childhood Special Education

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Early Childhood Special Education Calendar: 2014-2015 (PDF version)

The Roseville Area Schools Early Childhood Special Education program provides early intervention to young children, age birth to kindergarten, who show a delay in development in one or more of the following areas:

  • speech and language,
  • large and fine motor skills,
  • social, emotional and behavior skills,
  • cognitive and/or adaptive skills, or
  • have vision or hearing loss.

After a child receives a formal evaluation to determine eligibility and identify specific needs, ECSE teachers and specialists will work with the child and parents to improve skills in the area(s) of need. From birth to age three, these services are delivered primarily in the child's home or child care center. From age three to Kindergarten, children generally receive these services in the ECSE program, located at Fairview Community Center.


Minnesota Parents Know has a site that gives General Development Indicators for children at various ages from 3 months to 5 years. Just click on the age below the picture to see the information.

Early Childhood Screening is an early look at a child's development. The ideal age for screening is 3-4 years old. This allows health and development concerns to be addressed one to two years before a child enters kindergarten. The State of Minnesota requires a health and developmental screening for every child before kindergarten entry into a public and some private schools. District 623 offers this service at no cost. Please call 651-604-3515 for more information or click here for additional details about having your child screened.

Children identified through the screening process may be referred to ECSE for further evaluation and possible service.

Parents may request an evaluation if they have concerns about their child's development. An evaluation will be provided through the school district at no direct cost to the family.

Referrals, for children ages birth to five and not yet enrolled in kindergarten, are made to St. Paul and North Suburban Help Me Grow.  The Help Me Grow phone number is 651-604-3700.


In Minnesota, a child must meet certain criteria to receive special education services. The evaluation is used to determine if a child has an educational disability and meets the Minnesota criteria. A child could have a disability in one or more of the following areas:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Blind/Visually Impaired
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Deaf/Blindness
  • Developmental Cognitive Disability
  • Developmental Delay
  • Emotional or Behavioral Disorder
  • Other Health Disabilities
  • Physical Impairment
  • Severely Multiply Impaired
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech-Language Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Under the age of three years, a child could be eligible for ECSE services because he or she has been diagnosed with a physical or mental condition or disorder that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay, regardless of whether the child has a demonstrated need or delay.

After the Evaluation

Results of the evaluation are shared at a conference with the child's parents. At this conference, the school team and the parents will use the evaluation results to determine whether or not the child meets Minnesota eligibility criteria in one or more of the disability areas. If the child is eligible and shows a need for special education, options for services will be discussed.

When the team reaches a decision to provide special education services an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is written by the ECSE staff with input from the parents. Special education services can be provided as long as a child is eligible for services. For some children, services my be short term (one year or less), while other children will need services for a longer period of time.

If a child does not show a delay in development or does not meet the eligibility criteria, the ECSE team will offer suggestions for ways parents can continue to support their child's development. These suggestions may include community resources such as Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), preschools, community recreation activities, and others.

ECSE Services

Birth to Age Three

Early intervention services are available for infants and toddlers up to three years of age. An Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), developed by parents and service providers, describes the services for the child and family.

Services are based on each child's individual needs. Services and support are typically provided by a primary service provider, in the home, with parent/care-giver involvement. The primary service provider is determined according to the child's needs and my be a licensed ECSE teacher, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, and/or physical therapist.

Age Three to Kindergarten

Early Childhood Special Education services are available for children from age three to kindergarten entrance. An Individualized Education Program (IEP), developed by parents and service providers, describes the services for the child.

Services are based on each child's individual needs. Services and support are typically provided at Fairview Community Center in the ECSE program. A variety of classes, addressing differing needs of children, are taught by licensed ECSE teachers and/or speech-language pathologists with support from occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, school psychologists and/or school nurses. Opportunities for children to participate with peers who do not receive special education services are included in the program options.

More Information

More information about Special Education Services in Roseville Area Schools is available in the Parent Handbook for Special Education (PDF).

Useful Links

St. Paul and North Surburban Help Me Grow

Minnesota Department of Education - Early Childhood Special Education

Roseville Early Childhood Programs

Minnesota Parents Know

Early Childhood Special Education Contacts

ECSE Office

Fairview Community Center
Room 141
1910 County Road B West
Roseville, MN 55113

Phone: 651-604-3729
Fax: 651-604-3778

ECSE Staff

Jolene Moore, Student Services Supervisor



Jill Bean, Clerical



ECSE Teachers

Kara Brehm kara.brehm@isd623.org 651-604-3544

Chrissy Christensen



Tracy Gibbens theresa.gibbens@isd623.org 651-604-3590

Jennifer Heroff



Claire LaChance



Sara Miller sara.miller@isd623.org 651-604-3542
Lynn Sedam lynn.sedam@isd623.org 651-604-3725
Linda Semmler linda.semmler@isd623.org 651-604-3721

Speech-Language Pathologists

Kathy Guzik



Kirsten Hawkes



Lori Ptak



Liz Furlong



Heidi Stone

heidi.stone@isd623.org 651-604-3720

Sarah Tebbe



Occupational Therapists

Susan Nelson



Patty Orme



Physical Therapists

Jan Gauger


651-487-4390 Ext. 170

School Psychologist

Jordan Nelson



School Social Worker

Amanda Loge



School Nurse

Betsy Difabio
Health Office Web Site



Terry Twardowski theresa.twardowski@isd623.org 651-604-3531

Teaching Assistants

Sue Gramith Mary Mans Jessica Walstrom
Laurie Johnson Debra McWilliam  
Pam Kurtz Bonnie Mereness