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4J Educational Services/Sites for Children with Disabilities

Ages birth to 2 years: Early intervention services are provided in natural settings:

Early Intervention (EI) means services for children with disabilities from birth through age two that are designed to meet the development needs of the child and the needs of the family related to enhancing the child’s development. EI services are provided in settings that are natural or typical for children without disabilities, unless the child needs a more specialized setting. These services are described in a child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).

Ages 3 to 5 years: Early childhood special education services are provided in community preschools:

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) means services to meet the unique needs of children with disabilities from age three until the age of eligibility for public school. Children eligible for ECSE services must be provided with a free appropriate public education (FAPE). FAPE means special education and related services necessary for your child to benefit from his or her education. These services are described in your child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The law says that the IFSP team must place your child in the “least restrictive environment.” This means your child must be placed in the most typical kind of program that will meet your child’s needs, based on your child’s IFSP. Click here for sites.

Ages kindergarten to 18 years: Special education services are provided in school settings.

Kindergarten to 18 years Special Education means services to meet the unique needs of children with disabilities eligible for public school age. Children eligible for special education services must be provided a free appropriate public education (FAPE). FAPE means special education and related services necessary for your child to benefit from his or her education. These services are described in your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The law says that the IEP team must place your child in the “least restrictive environment.” this means your child must be placed in the most typical kind of program that will meet your child’s needs, based on your child’s IEP.