Early Childhood Special Education Department

  • Early Childhood Special Education

    Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is a program designed to address the developmental learning needs of children ages 3-5.  Certificated staff work closely with families and community resources to enhance the social/emotional, physical, learning, and communication development of young children.  Educational plans are developed and tailored to each child as an individual and specially designed services are provided accordingly at no cost to parents.  We are proud of our success in providing services for ECSE students with their typically developing peers, whether in a community preschool or in a specially designed setting.  

    The ECSE programs are exemplary programs that foster student success through parent involvement, professional development, and a cooperative team approach.  Our role is to provide a variety of challenging learning experiences that promote the expansion of learning through guidance and support.  We promote an implementation model that is collaborative to support and train all caregivers as teachers.

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  • Parents as Teachers

    Parents as Teachers is a home-school-community partnership that supports parents in their role as their child's first and most influential teachers. What began with four pilot sites in 1981 was implemented statewide with the passage of the Early Childhood Development Act of 1984. This bill mandated that every school district provide parent education and screening services to families with children ages birth to five. 

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  • Preschool

    Marshfield R-I Schools offers a developmentally-appropriate education through which young children actively build their individual potential in a positive, nurturing, culturally diverse environment. Title I Preschool is a federally funded program providing services to children with developmental needs, ages 3 to 5 (non-kindergarten) years of age. Services are provided at no cost to eligible children. Eligibility is determined through a developmental screening process.

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Role Name Phone Number Email Address
Director of Special Services Melynda Van Note (417) 859-2120 Opt. 9007 melynda.vannote@mjays.us
Administrative Assistant - Special Services Elizabeth VanNess (417) 859-2120 Opt. 9002 elizabeth.vanness@mjays.us
ECSE Process Coordinator/Itinerant Teacher Stephanie Walker (417) 859-2120 Opt. 4706 stephanie.walker@mjays.us
ECSE Classroom Teacher Mandy Hume (417) 859-2120 Opt. 4037 mandy.hume@mjays.us
ECSE Speech/Language Pathologist Jamie Lentz (417) 859-2120 jamie.lentz@mjays.us

ECSE Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I make a referral for my child?

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

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  • What is the difference between ECSE and Title One Preschool?

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    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.

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  • Do children stay all day in ECSE classrooms?

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    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.

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  • How do teachers/therapists communicate with parents?

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    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.

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

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    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.

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  • What do you work on in ECSE?

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    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.

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  • Is everyone in an ECSE classroom on an IEP?

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    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.

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

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

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

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    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.

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  • What services will be provided in kindergarten?

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

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  • What will kindergarten look like for my child?

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    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.

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

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

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

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    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.

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