Early Childhood Special Education
What is Early Childhood Special Education?
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is a program for students with disabilities ages three, four and some five-year-olds. This program is designed to provide instruction for students with delays in cognition, communication, psychomotor, self-care, and social-emotional areas. Options for the ECSE program include self-contained, inclusive/blended classrooms and kindergarten with special education support through specially designed instruction. To be eligible to receive services under the Early Childhood Special Education Program, a child must meet both the following criteria for eligibility:
- a category of disability, and
- a need for specially designed instruction.
Categories of Disability:
- Auditory Impairment*
- Emotional Disturbance
- Intellectual Disability
- Learning Disability
- Multiple Impairment
- Other Health Impairment
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Speech/Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment*
*Services may begin at birth for children with visual and/or auditory impairments.
If you are concerned that a child you know may have a disability and need specialized instruction, please contact Lewisville ISD’s Child Find Secretary, Ivon Duenes, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 469-713-5203.
Who do I contact to refer a child younger than 2 years 9 months?
Contact your local ECI provider:
MHMR of Tarrant County
ECI of North Central Texas
3880 Hulen Street, Suite 400
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Referral Number - (888) 754-0524
Fax Number - (817) 569-4492