Early Childhood Special Education - Ages 3-5

Michigan Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services include special instruction and related services provided to young children, ages three through five, who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA, Part B, Section 619). Through its 56 intermediate school districts (ISDs) Michigan's ECSE program ensures the provision of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to all eligible children at no cost to their families, and in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). LRE means that young children with disabilities should receive services in typical community-based early childhood settings and programs whenever possible, and only go to more restrictive or specialized settings when their individual needs require it.

Funding Opportunity for Preschool Indicators Grant

A request for proposal (RFP) for the Preschool Indicators Grant will be available Friday, August 13.  This grant provides support to intermediate school districts in improving child outcomes and expanding inclusive programs for preschool children with special needs and may address other preschool special education initiatives.  Please email Lisa Wasacz at wasaczl@michigan.gov or Cheryl Najm at najmc@michigan.gov to request the RFP and necessary forms.  Applications must be received electronically via email no later than 4 p.m., Friday, August 28, 2020.

Allocations/Proportionate Share

2020-2021 Final ECSE 619 Allocations (7-1-2020) PDF
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2020-2021 Estimated ECSE 619 Allocations (5-19-2020) PDF
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2019-2020 Final ECSE 619 Allocations (7-1-19) PDF
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Proportionate Share Allowable Costs & Guidance 

Proportionate Share Preschool Calculations Excel Spreadsheet

If you have questions about special education, contact the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education information line at 888-320-8384.


Outcomes Measurement

Reporting Preschool Special Education Outcomes for SPP Indicator 7

COSF Professional Development for New Staff


Inclusion/Least Restrictive Environment

OSEP 2017 Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Letter (January 9, 2017)
OSEP 2012 Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Clarification Letter (February 29, 2012)
Decision Tree for Coding Educational Environments
Early Childhood Inclusion Joint Position Statement of the Division for Early Childhood and the National Association for the Education of Young Children
Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs

Additional Resources can also be found at https://www.eotta.ccresa.org/Resources.php?id=3306&Resources=1

 


Transition (Part C to Part B)

2-28-19 Memo - Update on Transition Assessment and Parent Consent PDF
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8-23-18 Memo - Transition Assessment PDF
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Resources

Build Up Michigan - Learning Support for Preschoolers
Family Matters - What is the Special Education Process?
Michigan Alliance for Families
Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education


Contact Information

Lisa Wasacz, ECSE Coordinator
WasaczL@michigan.gov
517-241-4520

Cheryl Najm, Department Analyst
najmc@michigan.gov
517-335-1580