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Several of the ECSE placement categories have the same name as the educational environment categories. Can we make the assumption a placement of “Home,” “Separate School” or Residential Facility equates to the educational environment of the same name?

NO. The placements look at where the child is receiving services, while the educational environments
first look at participation in a regular early childhood program. Therefore, while a child may be receiving
services in the home, the child may also be attending a regular early childhood program, in which case
the placement would be home, but the educational environment would be one of the regular early
childhood program environments (00A4-00A7).

What are the educational environment data categories for early childhood special education (effective 2010-11)?

00A4    Children with disabilities receiving the majority of hours of special education and related 
services
in the regular early childhood program (and the child attends a regular early childhood program at 
least 10 hours per week)
00A5   Children with disabilities receiving the majority of hours of special education and related 
services in some other location (and the child attends a regular early childhood program at least 
10 hours per week)

How do I obtain information from DESE regarding ECSE as well as other special education topics (data collection, funding, etc.)

The Division distributes critical information in a number of ways, but most often through SELS (Special Education Listserv) messages.  Each district has identified one individual to receive messages through SELS.  It is then up to that individual to distribute the messages to others in the district on a “need to know” basis.  SELS messages are also archived on the Division’s website and can be accessed by anyone with an interest by going tohttp

Does the Division have plans to update the Show Me How II manual?

No, the Division does not have plans to update the Show Me How II Manual.  Rather, ECSE staff are encouraged to watch for the new technical assistance document series entitled "ECSE Practices."  Each "ECSE Practices" document will address a current issue in providing appropriate special education and related services for children eligible for ECSE services.  The information will clarify a variety of topics for professionals and paraprofessionals in the ECSE field.  

Why were the ECSE technical assistance bulletins pulled from the WEB?

Four Show Me How TA documents were pulled from the CISE Web site during the fall of 2001 because each included outdated information that has not been updated.  These document titles were: 
          “Helping children and families transition into ECSE” (Feb-97), 
          “Reevaluation: ECSE to KG” (May-97), 
          “Understanding early childhood LRE requirements” (Feb.-97), and 
          “Another ECSE Service Delivery Model Choice” (February 2000).  

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