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Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) (Formerly known as PPCD)

This program offers consultative and technical assistance to administrators and teachers of preschool programs for children with disabilities (ages 3-5 years). This includes training and services in the following areas: instruction, curriculum, classroom management, teaching materials, early childhood outcomes, and parent education.  Preschool program personnel promote public awareness of special services available to children with disabilities. The program also provides assistance in screening and assessment for children with disabilities from 0-5 years of age through both consultative and direct services. The preschool program staff provides coordination of interagency services including interface with the Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECI).

Early Childhood Update

In Texas, special education and related services for eligible children with disabilities, aged three through five years, have historically been referred to as Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD). To align with language used nationally and promote the understanding that special education is a service delivered in the least restrictive environment and not a classroom specific location, references to PPCD are being phased out of TEA publications and will instead be referred to as Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services. This change will occur in the 2019-2020 Student Attendance and Accounting Handbook. 

PEIMS Codes and Preschool Interactive Decision Tree (Updated October 2018)



SPP Indicator 6 – Least Restrictive Environment


SPP Indicator 7 –  Early Childhood Outcomes

State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicator 7 reports the percent of preschool children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) who demonstrate improved:      

  • Positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships); 
  • Acquisition and use of knowledge and skills (including early language/communication and early literacy); and 
  • Use of appropriate behaviors to meet their needs.

       Data Collection 


SPP Indicator 12 – Early Childhood Transition

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.

      Data Collection  


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Tiffany Leach

ECSE/CAN/AT/Speech Pathology

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