Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
Plano Independent School District offers services for preschoolers with disabilities ages three through five. Some children with specific disabilities such as deaf -blindness are served from birth.
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) provides educational and support services for children ages three to five with identified delays in one or more of the five developmental areas. These developmental areas are: motor, social/emotional, self-help, communication, and pre-academic. Students are eligible for services on their third birthday, regardless of when the birthday falls within the school year.
Special education services through ECSE are offered at no cost to parents.
What early childhood special education services are provided through ECSE in Plano?
The resources used by ECSE are as varied as are the student's needs.The classrooms foster a team environment where specialists work together with parents to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Each classroom has a teacher, a speech/language pathologist, and a teaching assistant. Related services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy and music therapy are provided to the student as established by the IEP.
The ECSE team values parents as partners in their child's education. The team works collaboratively throughout the year with families in order to promote home/school partnerships. The Practical Parent Education maintains a book & video lending library that parents are encouraged to use. Practical Parent Education is a unique partnership between the Plano community and Plano ISD designed to provide a parent support network.
Where are the assessment centers?
The assessment center is located at the Bird Student and Family Service Center. It is adjacent to the Plano ISD Enrollment Center. The Early Childhood Assessment Team specializes in evaluating students ages 3 to 5 that may be in need of Special Education Services.
This team also works with Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program for transition of children with special needs.
ECI is a public service that works with families of 0 to 3 year old who have special needs.
- Texas Health and Human Services: Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Service Website
Contact Jessica.Mcpherson@pisd.edu 469-752-2257 for assistance with 3 to 5 year old children in need of evaluation.
Head Start contact Janine.Davilaortega@pisd.edu 469-752-7188