SPECIAL EDUCATION - EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (ECE)
If you reside within the Issaquah School District boundaries, your address determines which of the following three ECE sites will work with you in determining appropriate programs and placements for your child. Each ECE center provides Evaluation, Program Development, Special Education Services, and a Community-Peer Tuition Program. Our teams at each site include Early Childhood Special Education Teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, School Psychologists. and Paraprofessional Educators. Each site provides half-day preschool programs (2.5 hrs, 4-days per week) along with therapy services as determined for specific children based on their individual education plans.
Special Education Procedural Safeguards for Students & Families
State of Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
The Arc of King County
Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families
Developmental Timelines in Early Chiildhood - Parenting Counts Resource
Backpack Connection Series--Tips & Strategies for Parents
Informing Families Building Trust - DDA Partnership
The Issaquah School District provides 3 different partnership preschool programs as of the 2019-2020 school year.
Community Peer & Special Education Preschool Program: The ISD Special Education Preschool Classrooms include children with a wide range of special education needs and children who are following typical patterns of development. Inclusion is an essential component to a high quality early childhood program. Inclusion means all participate and all belong. A Peer Model Student is defined as a child who is following a typical pattern of development, has age-appropriate verbal skills in English, and an ability to participate in group and play situations using age-appropriate independence and social behavior. Peer Models also have the fine and gross motor skills necessary to independently interact with materials in the classroom and on the playground at their developmental level. Preschool is offered in Half-Day Sessions (2.5 hours/day), 4-days per week during the ISD School Year: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Morning or afternoon openings are available. Start and End times vary by school. Peer Model Tuition is $245/month.
Skyline Preschool Program - A partnership program between Skyline High School and the Issaquah School District's Before & After School Care Program. Preschool is offered 2 or 3 days per week for 2.5 hours per day. Please click on the underlined words for a link to more information regarding this tuition-based program.
Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) - This is a partnership programs between the Washington State Department of Early Learning, Puget Sound Educational Service District, and Issaquah School District providing early learning and family support to children ages 3-5 who are impacted by a variety of risk factors identified by State Guidelines. These risk factors include, but are not limited to, Foster-Care Placement, Limited Family Income, and Homelessness. Our Family Support Specialist (FSS) will work with you to help determine if your child qualifies for this free early learning programs. Please click on the underlined words for a link to more information.
Early Childhood Education School Psychologist, M.Ed., NCSP
firstname.lastname@example.org * Office Phone 425-837-5679
Please visit Jennifer M.Wiechert's Website for updated information.
Early Childhood Education (ECE) is an exciting time for parents, children, and educators, and an important milestone in introducing families to the public education system. My role is to facilitate the evaluation and program planning for children within the Issaquah School District between the ages of 3 and 5.
The Issaquah School District's Childfind Program is designed to locate and offer assistance to infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children, between the ages of birth and 21, who may have developmental delays or learning problems. Early identification of problems can make a big difference in a child's future school success.
Identification for 3-5 year olds Free Childfind screenings are provided for children between the ages of three and five to identify preschoolers with possible delays in speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, cognitive/concept development, adaptive skills, and behavior. These screenings are offered 8 times per school year and are located at various sites. An appointment is required in order to attend the screening, and must be scheduled at least 3 days prior to the screening date.
If you have questions or concerns about your preschooler's development and to schedule a screening appointment please call the ISD Childfind Intake Line at 425-837-7197 or email email@example.com .
If your child qualifies for special education services, Issaquah School District offers high quality early childhood special education programs and therapy services based upon each child's needs.
Identification for Infants and Toddlers For infants and toddlers, birth to age three, the Issaquah School District has contracts with local agencies to determine if your child is following a typical pattern of development. If your child demonstrates developmental delays, he/she can receive intervention services through these agencies. For more information, contact ECE Transition Specialist Barbara Toledano at 425-837-5639 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Identification for students grades K-12 Contact your building principal, school psychologist or the school counselor if you have concerns with your school age child's school performance. The building Guidance Team is the group working together to problem-solve issues related to a student's school performance. Areas of concern may be academic, behavioral, social-emotional, physical, or communication.
Private School Students If you are parents of private school or home-schooled students residing in Issaquah you may contact the school psychologist for your neighborhood school to request an evaluation for special education services for your student. If you are unsure which school is your neighborhood school you may contact the Special Services Department.