Early Childhood Special Education - Ages 3-5

Michigan Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services include special instruction and related services provided to young children, ages three through five, who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA, Part B, Section 619). Through its 56 intermediate school districts (ISDs) Michigan's ECSE program ensures the provision of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to all eligible children at no cost to their families, and in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). LRE means that young children with disabilities should receive services in typical community-based early childhood settings and programs whenever possible, and only go to more restrictive or specialized settings when their individual needs require it.


2016-2017 ECSE 619 Revised Estimated Allocations (6-3-16) PDF

Outcomes Measurement

Reporting Preschool Special Education Outcomes for SPP Indicator 7

7-Point Rating Scale Definitions
2013 Map of Assessments (Used by Districts in Michigan)
COSF Professional Development for New Staff

Online Training for Outcomes Measurement

NOTE:  This is a two-part presentation developed by the Michigan Department of Education. If you have not had this training, please view both presentations in their entirety.  The videos may take a few moments to load.

Target Setting

Preschool Outcomes - Assessment, Collection and Reporting

Inclusion/Lease Restrictive Environment

OSEP Preschool LRE Letter
Early Childhood Environments Data Collection Webinar
Preschool Special Education Educational Environment Quick Guide
Michigan Educational Environment Coding Instructions

Transition (Part C to Part B)

Memo Regarding Transition GuidePDF
Early Childhood Transition FAQsPDF
Transition GuidePDF
Transition TimelinePDF
Transition Regulations
Self-Assessment for an Early Childhood Transition Infrastructure

The self-assessment is intended to be used by an interagency/local leadership team with regard to their own system. Based on discussions of their ratings, team members can identify practices to undertake in order to enhance areas that need work and reinforce areas of strength in regards to Early Childhood Transition from Part C to Part B policies and procedures.

Preschool Special Education Resources

coming soon

Contact Information

Lisa Wasacz, ECSE Coordinator

Cheryl Najm, Departmental Analyst