If an evaluation is scheduled, a team of qualified professionals who have training and experience in the areas of child development will observe and interact with your child. As the parent, you will play an active role. After all, you know your child best. You will be asked to share information about your child’s development, health and medical history. You will assist the team in identifying your child’s unique strengths and the needs of your child as they relate to specific developmental areas and functional skills. The evaluation is provided at no cost to you.
If your child is eligible for preschool special education services, you become part of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. An IEP includes goals for your child, specific services to achieve those goals and the setting in which services will be provided. Services are provided in regular early childhood programs such as child care, Head Start, School Readiness or other community-based preschool programs whenever possible.
If your child is not eligible for preschool special education services, your district team may share information about other early childhood programs in your community.