The School District of Fort Atkinson offers personalized early childhood special education programming for children ages three to six years old who have been identified with a disability.

Early childhood special education can:

  • provided play-based, developmentally appropriate instruction structured to meet each child's individual needs;

  • implement and support the child's individualized education program (IEP);

  • coordinate services with other team members such as speech pathologists, occupational & physical therapists, social workers and psychologists as outlined in the child's IEP;

  • collaborate with and provide opportunities for families to partner in their child's education.

Who is eligible?

Children three to six years of age who are identified with a disability. The children may demonstrate deficits in any of the following areas: early learning, speech and language, social/behavior, motor (fine or gross), or adaptive skills.

What is early childhood special education?

The School District of Fort Atkinson is committed to providing special education early intervention services for children who are demonstrating a delay in development. Our program offers a variety of options to provide early intervention services through a team of highly qualified, licensed educators.

Your child will have an IEP team, including you, that will determine the blend of services that best fit your child's needs. Early childhood teachers are licensed professionals that work with three- to six-year-old children with special education needs. An early childhood classroom consists of students who are all working toward a variety of developmental goals.

What is an individual education program (IEP)?

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) outlines an individualized education program (IEP) as a written statement for a student with a disability that is developed, reviewed, and revised by a team of people, including the student's family, that outlines an educational plan for the student. For more information visit WI DPI's website here.

When & how are services provided?

The type of special education service and how often your child receives those services are determined and outlined in your child’s IEP. Special education and related services may include consultation with multiple staff members, direct services to the child, itinerant services, training related to the disability, and other services that are identified by the IEP.

Our early childhood classrooms each consist of students who are all working toward a variety of developmental goals. Placement and where your child will receive services will be outlined in the IEP.

Who do I contact to start my child in Early Childhood?

To start the determination process for Early Childhood, please contact our Special Education department at 920.563.7804.