Early Childhood Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is a program for young children with developmental delays and disabilities. It refers to the range of special education services that apply specifically to children between the ages of 3 to 5, prior to kindergarten.

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is a program designed to address the developmental learning needs of children ages three to five. Certificated staff work closely with families and community resources to enhance the social/emotional, physical, cognitive and communication development of young children. Educational plans are developed and tailored to each child as an individual and specially designed services are provided accordingly at no cost to parents.

Early childhood intervention programs have been shown to have beneficial effects in academic achievement, behavior, educational attainment, reduction in delinquency and criminality, and improved labor market success, among other domains.

Special Education in Missouri related links:

Procedural Safeguards provide information for the special education process that describe the rights of students with disabilities and their parents.

Parents Guide to Special Education explains how special education works, including process and terminology.

The Parents' Bill of Rights provides information concerning a parent's rights and responsibilities as the parent of a child with a disability as defined in the Missouri State Plan for Special Education.