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.
2020-2021 Estimated ECSE 619 Allocations (5-19-2020)
2019-2020 Final ECSE 619 Allocations (7-1-19)
If you have questions about special education, contact the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education information line at 888-320-8384.
OSEP 2017 Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Letter (January 9, 2017)
OSEP 2012 Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Clarification Letter (February 29, 2012)
Decision Tree for Coding Educational Environments
Early Childhood Inclusion Joint Position Statement of the Division for Early Childhood and the National Association for the Education of Young Children
Policy Statement on Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs
Additional Resources can also be found at https://www.eotta.ccresa.org/Resources.php?id=3306&Resources=1
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
Lisa Wasacz, ECSE Coordinator
Cheryl Najm, Department Analyst