Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and related services is a state and federally mandated program for children (ages 3-5) who meet state eligibility criteria because they are experiencing developmental delays. Early Childhood education and support is critical to the overall development of our youngest students. Through Early Childhood Special Education services we can identify student development needs at an early age and help students be prepared for school entry. In addition, services will continue as needed when a child reaches school age.

Children grow and develop at different rates, but most will reach several milestones between the ages of 3 and 5. A child who is not meeting milestones and/or struggling to learn, may need additional supports to help them prepare for kindergarten. Intervening as early as possible can, in many cases resolve, or at least limit, a child's roadblock to learning.

Children ages 3 through 5 with a disability defined by one of the following categories are eligible for special education services:

  • Speech/Language Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Emotional Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Physical Impairment
  • Early Childhood Developmental Delay (ECDD)
  • Severe Multiple Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment (including attention deficit disorder and health problems such as asthma, epilepsy, and diabetes)

For more information please contact Madison District Public Schools Special Education Department (248)399-7800.