Early Childhood Special Education Academy serves children ages 3-6 years old that meet disability criteria and have had an Individualized Educational Plan [IEP] written for them. To decide if your child needs special education, the school district has to do an educational evaluation and an eligibility determination.
HOW DO I GET MY CHILD AN EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION AND AN ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION?
To have an educational evaluation and an eligibility determination done for your child, your child must be referred for special education services.
HOW DO I REFER MY CHILD FOR SERVICES? There are four ways your child can be referred for services.
PART C referral: If your child is participating in PART C services such as ECI or STEP, your child’s family support specialist will help you with the referral process as part of their services as your child turns three.
PRESCHOOL SCREENING REFERRAL: Parents or caregivers can sign up their child for the Billings Public Schools Preschool Screening that is held four times a year. Information about this Screening in included on this site. [Link to screening Information.]
If screening reveals that your child may have a need for special education services, the Billings Public Schools district will recommend and refer your child for a Developmental Assessment. Parents will be asked for permission to do the assessment and then it will be scheduled.
PHYSICIAN REFERRAL: Physicians may recommend a Developmental Assessment for your child. If the doctor notifies the school district’s Early Childhood Special Education Program Specialist that an assessment is recommended, the Program Specialist will contact the parents or caregivers to seek permission and to schedule the assessment.
PARENT REFERRAL: Parents with developmental concerns about their child may contact the school district’s Early Childhood Special Education Program Specialist and refer their child for a Developmental Assessment to determine eligibility for their child. [Link to CONTACT US]
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