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District 196 has a comprehensive program of Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services for children from birth through kindergarten entrance. Please call the department at 952-388-1900, if you have any concerns or questions about your child’s development or would like further information regarding ECSE services.

Our services include:

Screening: All children who live in District 196 need to participate in early childhood screening before entering kindergarten.

Evaluations: Comprehensive evaluations are provided for children starting from birth through the age of kindergarten entrance.

Early intervention: Early intervention services are provided for children ages birth through two who meet eligibility criteria.  The services focus on working with families in their homes.  Children in the program are either at risk for developmental delays, or have a delay or disability in one or more areas of development.

Early childhood special education: Three, four and five-year-old children with disabilities or developmental delays are served in a variety of settings. Register for parent teacher conferences.

Help Me Grow

Help Me Grow is a resource for Minnesota families to understand developmental milestones and learn if there are concerns. This helps families take the lead in seeking additional support or referring their child for a comprehensive, confidential screening or evaluation at no cost.  Accessing early intervention services as early as possible will ensure the best developmental outcomes for these children. To find out more about how young children grow and learn, and what parents can do to support their child’s learning, visit Help Me Grow.

Contact Us

Early childhood special education programs are located throughout the district. The main office is located at the Dakota Valley Learning Center, 4679 144th Street West, Apple Valley, MN 55124. For more information, call 952-388-1900 or email ECSE Coordinator Paula Kirschenheiter.

Early intervention services are provided for children who are under the age of three who have developmental delays or are at risk for developmental delays.  Eligibility is determined following a comprehensive evaluation using criteria from the Minnesota Department of Education for children ages birth through two.

Once an infant or toddler has been identified as being eligible for Early intervention services, an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) is written that describes a family’s long and short-term goals for their child. The school team will work with you to develop intervention strategies that can be integrated into your everyday routines and activities. Services are typically provided in your home. Visits occur weekly to every few months, depending on your child’s needs. Several professionals may be on your child’s team to help develop and implement the Individual Family Service Plan. From that team, one primary service provider will be responsible for working with your family and will be the main contact person for you. Team members may include:

  • Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • School Psychologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Teacher of the visually impaired

Our early intervention team has offices at the District Service Center, 14445 Diamond Path Road, Rosemount, MN 55068.

Early Childhood Special Education Services (ECSE) are provided for children ages three through six with disabilities or developmental delays. Eligibility is determined following a comprehensive evaluation using criteria from the Minnesota Department of Education for children ages three through six.

Once a child has been identified as being eligible for Early childhood special education services, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is written.  The IEP states long and short-term goals for the child, the type of services that will be provided, and where the services will be located. Services are provided by one or several professionals, depending on your child’s educational needs.  One team member will be assigned as the primary contact person for parents. Team members on a child’s IEP may include:

  • Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • School Psychologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Teacher of the visually impaired
  • Preschool Teacher
  • School Nurse

Special education services are provided in a variety of settings at different locations in the district.  Currently services are provided at the Dakota Valley Learning Center and in various elementary schools and community sites.

Infant and Toddler Intervention Procedural Safeguards Notice

This document provides an overview of parental special education rights for early childhood special education students, sometimes called procedural safeguards.

Infant and Toddler Intervention Procedural Safeguards Notice Annotated

This document provides an overview of parental special education rights for early childhood special education students, sometimes called procedural safeguards. This annotated version contains citations to specific special education laws.

Part B Procedural Safeguards Notice

This document provides an overview of parental rights for public school special education students, sometimes called procedural safeguards.

Part B Procedural Safeguards Notice Annotated

This document provides an overview of parental rights for public school special education students, sometimes called procedural safeguards. This annotated version contains citations to specific special education laws.