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:

    1. a category of disability, and 
    2. a need for specially designed instruction.  

    Categories of Disability:

    • Auditory Impairment*
    • Autism
    • Deaf-Blind*
    • 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 duenesi@lisd.net 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
    Email: ECINorthTexas@mhmrtc.org
    Web: www.mhmrtc.org