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Early Childhood Special Education

District 196 has a comprehensive program of Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services for children from birth through kindergarten entrance. Children, ages 3-5, disabilities or developmental delays are served in a variety of caring and inclusive educational settings. 

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Our services include:

  • Screening- All children who live in District 196 need to participate in early childhood screening before entering kindergarten. Learn more about screenings.
  • 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 2 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.

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. Explore the Help Me Grow website.

More information

Early childhood special education programs are located throughout District 196. 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 Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator Paula Kirschenheiter at Paula.Kirschenheiter@district196.org

Early intervention services (ages birth through 2)

Early intervention services are provided for children who are under the age of 3 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 2.

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 the IFSP. 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, 14301 Diamond Path, Apple Valley, MN 55124.

Early Childhood Special Education services (ages 3-6)

Early Childhood Special Education Services (ECSE) are provided for children ages 3-6 who have disabilities or developmental delays. Eligibility is determined following a comprehensive evaluation using criteria from the Minnesota Department of Education.

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.

Early Childhood Special Education resources

Procedural safeguard notice

Infant and Toddler Intervention Procedural Safeguards Notice (Birth to 3)
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 (Birth to 3)
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 (Ages 3-6)
This document provides an overview of parental rights for public school special education students, sometimes called procedural safeguards.

Part B Procedural Safeguards Notice Annotated (Ages 3-6)
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.

Calendars

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Conference Day
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Thanksgiving Holiday Break
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November 2019
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Mon, Oct 28
Tue, Oct 29
Wed, Oct 30
Thu, Oct 31
Fri, Nov 1
Sat, Nov 2
Sun, Nov 3
Mon, Nov 4
Tue, Nov 5
Wed, Nov 6
Conference Day
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Thu, Nov 7
Conference Day
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Fri, Nov 8
Conference Day
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Sat, Nov 9
Sun, Nov 10
Mon, Nov 11
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Wed, Nov 27
District Staff Development Day
Dakota Valley Learning Center
Thu, Nov 28
Thanksgiving Holiday Break
Dakota Valley Learning Center
Fri, Nov 29
Thanksgiving Holiday Break
Dakota Valley Learning Center
Sat, Nov 30
Sun, Dec 1