About EC Services

 Every child in the Early Childhood Program has an IEP or Individual Education Plan. This plan consists of goals the Early Childhood staff will work on together to meet the child's exceptional education needs. These goals are reviewed and changed on a yearly basis.

     There are five developmental areas in Early Childhood:

  • Cognitive development
  • Speech/Language Skills
  • Social Emotional Development
  • Self Help Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Gross Motor Skills

     A relatively new area of disability is Significant Developmental Delay. Significant Developmental Delay is designed for children ages 3 to 8 who are experiencing significant delays in the area of physical, cognition, communication, social-emotional or adaptive development. Children must demonstrate delays in two or more of the five major life activities to qualify for this disability.  Please view this website for more information about the referral and evaluation process for special education services in Grafton.

     The Early Childhood Program is housed at Grafton Elementary School, 1800 Washington Street in Grafton, WI. Children come to school 2 to 4 days either in the morning or afternoon. Classes meet from 8:20-11:05am or 12:35-3:20pm.

      The children in the Early Childhood Program follow the district calendar and take part in as many school activities within Grafton Elementary School as possible.  In addition to the preschool activities provided in the Early Childhood classroom, the children have a variety of services provided as determined by each IEP.  


     The Early Childhood program is a delivery model for special education services. The classroom has an Early Childhood teacher and aides.  Children are provided with developmentally appropriate activities such as circle time, art and fine motor activities, music, language groups and activities, gross motor groups, self help skills, and social skills.

Transportation Services

Children have the option of being transported to school by the Riteway Bus if they live in the Grafton School District or receive childcare services in the Grafton School District.

Special Education Services

The Early Childhood Special Education Teacher provides support for students with delays in school readiness skills, social skills, and self-help skills.  She also works with each student's related service providers to incorporate strategies for encouraging language, fine motor, sensory regulation, and gross motor skills into the classroom setting. 

Speech and Language Therapy

     The Speech And Language Therapist provides individual speech sessions and/or large group speech and language in the classroom.  Please view this website for more details.  

Occupational Therapy

     The Occupational Therapist provides services as they are related to the child's needs in the classroom. The therapist addresses fine motor skills, self help skills and sensory awareness. She provides services on an individual basis and in the classroom setting.  Please view this website for more details.

Physical Therapy GSD

     Physical Therapy provides therapy to children who have physical or orthopedic impairments. Therapy is usually given individually.

(information from website created by MariLea Viesselmann)