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EI/ ECSE Services

3-5 Year Old Services (ECSE)

If you have concerns about your child's (3-5 year old) development, you can contact Minneapolis Public Schools Early Childhood Screening for an ECSE evaluation by calling 612-668-3715 or by making an appointment online. Eligibility for ECSE services is determined through an evaluation by Minneapolis Public Schools. 

How do I find out if my child is eligible for services?

  • At your child's Early Childhood Screening, the team will check your child's vision, hearing, overall development and health. 
  • If you or the team has concerns about your child's development, the team will talk with you to set up a comprehensive evaluation to gather more information about your child's development.
  • During the evaluation, the team will gather more information about your child and determine your child's eligibility and need for special education services. 
  • If your child is found to be eligible and needs Early Childhood Special Education services, you will meet with the evaluation team again to develop an Individual Education Program (IEP). 

 

What is an Individual Education Program (IEP)?

  • An IEP is a document that includes a summary of development in each area of need, individualized educational goals for your child, and services that your child will receive to support their learning. You, as the parent or caregiver, are the most important person in your child's life, and are therefore a crucial member of your child's IEP team. Your child's IEP team will include one or more of the following professionals: an ECSE Teacher, Speech Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, School Psychologist, and/ or a School Social Worker.

 

Where can my child receive services if they have an IEP?

Minneapolis Public Schools provides services for children based on their needs and is guided by the Individual Education Program (IEP). Services can be provided:

At home

  • Our role in home based services is to provide support to you and your child at home in order to increase engagement and learning based on your child's needs guided by your child's IEP. We also provide instruction in pre-academic skills following the District's Early Childhood curriculum. Working together with you, as the parent or caregiver, we can ensure your child is able to have meaningful learning at home through your family's routines. 
  • Services may include:
    • Coaching & consultation: teaming with you as parent/ caregiver to help your child be successful within their home environment. 
    • Teaching targeted skills during routines at home. 

At your child's childcare setting or preschool classroom

  • Our role in community based childcare or preschool settings (ECFE, High Five, Headstart, ECSE classrooms, and more) is to provide support throughout the day in order to increase engagement and learning based on your child's needs guided by your child's IEP. We also provide instruction in pre-academic skills following the district's Early Childhood curriculum. Working together as a team, we can ensure students have meaningful preschool experiences and a solid foundation for future learning.
  • Services may include:
    • Coaching & consultation: teaming with regular education staff and parents to help your child be successful within their natural environments (home and/or classroom settings).
    • Providing ongoing observation & documentation. 
    • Teaching & reinforcing targeted skills during classroom routines. 
    • Using adaptations in the classroom (i.e.. picture schedules, social stories). 
    • Working within small groups.
    • Providing one-to-one assessment or intervention. 
    • Intensive instruction in a small class size with a high ratio of adult support.