Early Childhood Special Education

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    If your child has qualified for Early Childhood Special Education services, s/he may receive these services at Lindbergh Early Childhood Education through the Special School District of St. Louis County teaching staff assigned to the building. A full continuum of services is available.  Adaptations and modifications that might be used to assist your child could be instructional, curricular, environmental, behavioral strategies, supplementary aids/supports or equipment your child needs to be successful in preschool. Related services, such as speech therapy, language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work or assistive technology, are also available to meet the needs of individual children.

    If your child has not been referred to receive special education services, and you would like him or her to be evaluated for special education needs, please talk with your child's teacher. Our process for referral includes observations, input from families, screening, diagnostics, CARE Team meetings, Individualized Family Service Plans, Individualized Education Plans, Parent Educators and family conferences. This process is different for each family; we will help each family through this process individually.

    There are four ECSE classrooms at LECE and three additional classrooms at ECE West. Class size is smaller than general education classes, with a teacher and two assistants. The student composition of each class is half of the students with special education needs determined by an IEP and half of the students who do not have an IEP. This model provides a small, integrated environment for all children to learn and grow based on differentiated instruction. Classes are half days, 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:15-3:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

    Enrollment for students without special needs involves an application process. An application form is available at the LECE reception desk or one can be mailed to your home by calling Janet Beal at 314-989-8557. Scholarships are available. 

    For more information on ECSE services, please contact Tara Markenson Special Education Coordinator, at tlmarkenson@lindberghschools.ws or 314-729-2400, ext. 8347.