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Early Childhood

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

This page provides general information on ECSE topics and specific information on the three State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) indicators reported for preschool children.

For early childhood information not specific to special education, visit the Early Childhood page under the Office of Elementary Education and Reading by clicking HERE. This page contains the Early Learning Standards, checklists, links to Kindergarten Readiness Assessment resources, the technical assistance/professional development request form, and many other resources.


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Recommended Reading:

Campbell, Philippa H., & Milbourne, Suzanne A. (2009) CARA’s Kit for Preschoolers. Los Angeles, CA: Division for Early Childhood.

Dinnebeil, L., McInerney, W., & Buysse, V. (2011). A guide to itinerant early childhood special education services. Baltimore, MD: Paul H Brookes Publishing.

Sandall, Susan R., Schwartz, Ilene S., Joseph, Gail E., Gauvreau, Ariana N. (2019) Building Blocks for Teaching Preschoolers with Special Needs, Third Edition. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing.

Barton, Erin E., & Smith, Barbara J. (2015). The Preschool Inclusion Toolbox. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brooks Publishing.