Your child is unique! They have strengths you see every day at home, on the playground, and in the community. You want them to keep growing, learning, and getting ready for school. The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program at Fulton Education Center (FEC) is dedicated to providing opportunities for students with diverse abilities to access therapy and classroom services to gain skills in areas that prepare them for school. Pre-academics, communication, self-help, social/emotional, and physical development skills are the areas you, as the parent or guardian, can look for strengths and delays. When you do have concerns about your child’s development, we are here to help.
ECSE is a federally mandated service that is available to young children with special needs. In this environment, 3-5 year olds who qualify according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education act (IDEA) will receive specialized instruction in a small group or one-to-one setting. Upon entry to special education, a team will be developed, including school professionals and family members, to collaboratively develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the child.
The ECSE professionals at FEC are highly qualified educators and therapists, who work with students to help them achieve positive outcomes. To meet the unique needs of each child, we share common goals, such as implementing research-based strategies, promoting developmental progress, and collaborating with families.
If you have concerns about your child’s development, it is beneficial to consult with your doctor, school district professionals, First Steps provider, Parents as Teachers professional, or seek out additional information. The following resources may be helpful:
Missouri Dept. of Mental Services