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.

2019-2020 Final ECSE 619 Allocations (7-1-19) PDF

2019-2020 Estimated ECSE 619 Allocations (6-20-19) PDF

2018-2019 Final ECSE 619 Allocations (7-13-18) PDF

Proportionate Share Allowable Costs & Guidance 

Proportionate Share Preschool Calculations Excel Spreadsheet

If you have questions about special education, contact the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education information line at 888-320-8384.

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

Inclusion/Least Restrictive Environment

OSEP Preschool LRE Letter
Preschool Special Education Educational Environment Quick Guide
Michigan Educational Environment Coding Instructions
Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs

Transition (Part C to Part B)

2-28-19 Memo - Update on Transition Assessment and Parent Consent PDF
8-23-18 Memo - Transition Assessment PDF


Build Up Michigan - Learning Support for Preschoolers
Family Matters - What is the Special Education Process?
Michigan Alliance for Families
Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education

Contact Information

Lisa Wasacz, ECSE Coordinator

Cheryl Najm, Department Analyst