ECSE Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I make a referral for my child?

    Contact the ECSE office at (417) 859-2120 Opt. 4706 and let them know you are concerned about your child's development.

    What is the difference between ECSE and Title One Preschool?

    ECSE is designed for students who are found eligible for Special Education Services and the services are outlined within their IEP.  Title I Preschool is designed for children who require additional preschool experiences and is not a speical education program.  Screening appointments for Title I preschool can be scheduled by calling Amy Wolff or Loriell Biggs at the Parents as Teachers Program.

    Do children stay all day in ECSE classrooms?

    Typical ECSE classrooms are in session Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, for three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon.  Individual needs are considered for each child on an IEP and adjustments to the typical schedule can be made.

    How do teachers/therapists communicate with parents?

    Parent communication is provided in a variety of ways on a regular basis.  Parent communication may come in the form of weekly newsletters, emails, phone calls, and face to face visits.

    How do I know if my child will be in an ECSE classroom?

    Placement is determined through an IEP meeting based on the goals and amount of therapy recommended. The team takes into consideration the child's need for repetition, practice and ability to generalize skills across settings.

    What do you work on in ECSE?

    Goals and benchmarks are designed for children who need a modified curriculum to meet their individual needs.  Within our classrooms we have spots for up to 3 typically developing children who are peer models for our students.  This allows our students to develop relationships with both disabled and non-disabled peers.

    Is everyone in an ECSE classroom on an IEP?

    Our classrooms are designed for children who need a modified curriculum to meet their individual needs.  Within our classrooms we have spots for up to 3 typically developing children who are peer models for our students.  This allows our students to develop relationships with both disabled and non-disabled peers.

    Can students enroll at any time thoughout the year or only at the beginning of the school year?

    Children are evaluated throughout the school year and are placed in services as soon as their IEP is written.

    How will I know when my child might be ready for another preschool classroom outside of ECSE?

    IEP teams continually consider when to provide services in the Least Restrictive Environment.  Many of these discussions about placement occur during annual IEP meetings.  Teams are mindful of a parent's need to find appropriate preschool and/or daycare as their time in our setting decreases.

    What services will be provided in kindergarten?

    Just like in ECSE, a full continuum of services are available and are based on your child's individual needs.

    What will kindergarten look like for my child?

    Kindergarten services will be outlined in your child's Individualized Education Program.  ECSE and Kindergarten teams will work collaboratively to ensure a smooth and easy transition to the elementary level.

    What is the difference in PT/OT/SLP in First Steps vs. ECSE?

    Services provided by ECSE focus on the educational impact of a student's identified delays and their participation in the school environment.

    Will my child receive their PT/OT/SLP outside of the classroom or in the classroom?

    Location of services are outlined in the IEP and is dependent on the particular needs of the child.  Therapist and teachers engage with students in Activity Based Interventions that are based on the child's interest and may occur in the hall, on the playground or in a therapy room.