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Early Childhood Special Education

Providing Early Intervention Services to Young Children

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) provides early intervention services to young children, from birth to kindergarten, who show a developmental delay in one or more of these areas:

  • Speech and language
  • Large and fine motor skills
  • Social, emotional, and behavior skills
  • Cognitive and/or adaptive skills
  • Vision or hearing loss

To learn more about a child's developmental stages, ages birth to 5, view developmental milestones at Help Me Grow Minnesota.

The process for a child to be considered for ECSE services starts with a referral, which is often made by a child's parents. Next, an evaluation is conducted to determine eligibility and to identify specific needs. If a child does qualify for services, ECSE teachers and specialists work with the child and parents to improve skills in the areas of need.