Early Childhood Special Education Services (ECSE) are provided in all areas of the state. It is the responsibility of the local school district to ensure that any 3-5 year old child with a disability receives appropriate special education and related services. If a district's size or resources do not make it feasible to provide the services needed to meet the unique needs of all preschool children with disabilities in their district, they may choose to contract with private agencies, private individual contractors or other school districts to make available appropriate services.
Services for preschool children with disabilities can be provided in a variety of settings. Where possible and appropriate, services are provided in the environment where the child typically spends his or her day (community childcare facility, Head Start, Title I, school district preschool programs, etc.); however, some children may require services provided in a group setting primarily designed for children with disabilities or individual or small group services in a setting such as a public school building. Services may be provided to children on a one-to-one basis, in small groups, or in a classroom setting. At least annually, the IEP team must determine if the child will participate 100% of the time in an integrated setting with non-disabled peers because the IEP requires it.