Early Childhood Special Education

  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) programs provide supports and services to infants, toddlers and preschool children with disabilities and their families.  Eligibility is determined through an evaluation process, conducted by school staff, at no cost to parents.  If a child is found eligible for special education services, an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) for children ages birth to three or an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for children ages three and older is written to address the child's special education needs.  Parents are a part of the IFSP/IEP team.  

    How to refer a child: Anyone can make a referral for a child for whom there are concerns-parents, professionals, friends, family members, and others. They can contact the state-wide Help Me Grow referral system at: http://helpmegrowmn.org/HMG/Refer/index.htm.

    Referrals can also be made directly to the school district.  Please contact Amy Litfin at (651) 457-9497. 

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    Infant and Toddler Intervention

    Infant and Toddler Intervention provides special services and supports for eligible children birth through age two and their families.  Eligible children are those with developmental delays or with certain diagnosed physical or mental condition or disorder that may result in delay. Parents and caregivers are an important partner in early intervention services, and these services are provided in natural environmnets incluidng home and child care settings.

    While all young children grow and change at their own rate, some children experience delays in their development.  Special health conditions may affect children's development too. Accessing early intervention services as early as possible will ensure the best developmental outcomes for these children.  

          Infant and Toddler Staff

    • Becky Lebens, Occupational Therapist
    • Charlotte Haber, Speech/Language Clinician
    • Heather Verduzco, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
    • Julie Schulz, Early Childhood Education Teacher
    • Amy Litfin, ECSE Coordinator

     

    Preschool Special Education

    Preschool Special Education is for children from age three until they begin kindergarten with developmental delays or other disabilities, and who are experiencing challenges in their learning and development.

    Eligible children can receive services in their home, child care setting, Head Start or school.  These services are free to eligible families, regardless of income or immigrant status.  

    How to refer a child: Anyone can make a referral for a child for whom there are concerns-parents, professionals, friends, family members, others. They can contact the state-wide Help Me Grow referral system at: http://helpmegrowmn.org/HMG/Refer/index.htm.

          Preschool Special Education Staff

    • Lynn Maier, Occupational Therapist
    • Pam Linde, Speech/Language Clinician
    • Cathy Brown, Speech/Language Clinician
    • Paige Hillstrom, ECSE Teacher
    • Julie Schulz, ECSE Teacher
    • Emily Ederer, ECSE Teacher
    • Maggie Ferris, ECSE Teacher
    • Amy Litfin, Coordinator and School Psychologist

     
    Our program can also access the services of the following as appropriate: a teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing, an audiologist, a teacher of the visually impaired and a physical therapist.  


    Questions?

    Please contact  Amy Litfin, ECSE Coordinator at (651) 457-9497.

    ECSE office: 357 Ninth Avenue North, South Saint Paul, MN 55075 Room 135-A

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