Early Childhood Special Education & PreK

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Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) services include special instruction and related services provided to all children ages 2 (as of Sept 30th of current school year) through 5, who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA, Part B, Section 619). Fairfax County’s ECSE program ensures the provision of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to all children who are found eligible for those services at no cost to their families, and in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).  FCPS offers early childhood resource services, early childhood class-based services, and preschool autism classes (PAC).

Early Childhood Class-based Services

Early Childhood class-based services provide instruction in a school-based classroom. These services are located in a number of elementary schools within FCPS. Children receive both individualized and small group instruction to address areas of need identified in the child’s IEP. The curriculum is language rich and emphasizes communication, early literacy and social development along with development in other areas. 


The early childhood education program is individualized to address each child's unique needs. Every child receives a variety of learning experiences to foster intellectual, social and emotional growth. The classroom program is extended into the home through home visits and home reinforcement activities. Emphasis is placed on early identification of health problems. In collaboration with the parents, each child's health status is determined through a variety of examinations and screenings. This includes a review of medical, dental, nutritional, mental and immunization information. It is also determined if each child has a "health care home." As necessary, parents are assisted in locating a source of continuous health care and/or obtaining follow-up diagnostic testing and treatment for identified concerns.

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