Early Childhood Special Education
Special care for our littlest learners
Some babies and young children need extra care to learn and grow and Stillwater Area Public Schools is here to provide that help. Our experienced and caring staff work directly with our birth to five year old students and their families to get them off to a strong start in our schools.
Early Intervention (Birth to 2 years old)
Early Intervention services are provided to children and their family when the child has been found eligible based on a medical condition or delay in development, according to state criteria. These services occur at home within the child's natural setting and are often family-centered.
Services may be provided by an early childhood special education teacher, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist and/or other providers based on eligibility and need.
Early Childhood Special Education (3 to 5 years old)
Special education services are provided to eligible children age 3 up to kindergarten entrance for those who meet special education state criteria.
These services are often delivered in a school setting and may be provided by an early childhood special education teacher, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist and/or other providers based on eligibility and need. Most classes are 1½ to 2½ hours, 2-4 days per week.
Special education classes provide a focus on specific child needs, as related to preschool aged skills. Special education services may also occur within an integrated preschool classroom or in community based partnerships, such as Head Start of Washington County.
Concerned About Your Child's Development?
Screening, evaluation and services are free to students who meet eligibility criteria. Schedule an assessment to learn more: