Special education intervention can begin early

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Early intervention access to special education—by way of services including a developmental preschool program—can make a world of difference in the lives of children with developmental delays.

Concerned that your child may have a developmental delay requiring special education support? Your local school district will screen children beginning at age 2 years, 10½ months to determine eligibility for services.

Children ages 3 to 5 who qualify for special education services may be eligible to attend a district Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program, also known as a developmental preschool.

Screening and evaluation are free. ECSE services are provided at no cost to parents through federal funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and state general revenue funds.

Charter schools have the same obligation to provide screenings for school-age children. If your children attend a private school, contact a principal in the district in which the private school is located.

Learn more at azed.gov/specialeducation/parents/az-find/.

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