Early Childhood Special Education


The long-term goal for preschool-aged children is for them to be as ready as possible to enter kindergarten. Preschool-aged children with a disability may be eligible for Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services.

Special Education Process

The determination that a child is eligible for special education and related services shall be made on an individual basis. When completing the Eligibility Process, the local educational agency is required to: a. Draw upon information from a variety of sources, including aptitude and achievement tests, parent input and teacher recommendations, as well as information about the child’s physical condition, social or cultural background and adaptive behavior; and b. Ensure that information from all these sources is documented and carefully considered.

Have a developmental concern about your child ages 2-5? Please contact Maris Wyatt, Supervisor of Special Education (mwyatt@cityschools.com or (540) 372-1130 x2556).