ECSE (THE NEW PPCD)
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is a state and federally mandated program for young children with disabilities ages 3-5. Eligible children with disabilities, ages 3-5, are entitled to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B, Section 619 in the least restrictive environment (LRE) in accordance with their individual needs. Children who meet eligibility criteria may receive Early Childhood Special Education services in a variety of settings such as a pre-kindergarten classroom, in the home, or in community settings such as Head Start and pre-school.
In Texas, services for eligible children with disabilities ages 3-5 are provided free of charge through the public-school system. Over 40,000 children in Texas receive individual special education services each year as a part of IDEA 619 Preschool.
Region 9 Assistive Technology (CLICK)
STATE PERFORMANCE PLAN
SPP Indicator 6 – Least Restrictive Environment
State Performance Plan Indicator (SPPI) 7 measures the percent of preschool children aged 3 through 5 with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) who demonstrate improved:
State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicator 12 measures the percentage of students referred by Part C/Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) prior to age 3 who are found eligible for Part B/District Special Education Services and who have an IEP (Individualized Education Program) developed and implemented by their third birthday.