Early Childhood Special Education is a state and federally mandated program for children aged 3–5 who meet state eligibility criteria
because they are experiencing developmental delays. School districts and other public agencies are responsible for locating, identifying, and evaluating eligible children and for offering a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Eligible children are entitled to a FAPE at no cost to the family with programming designed to help children meet challenging objectives alongside their typically developing peers. When a delay is suspected, or children are not meeting milestones, local school districts offer Child Find
services, providing screening, and if needed, evaluation services to determine eligibility. ARS §15.771
is the section of the state regulations that defines preschool programs for children with disabilities.
The Early Childhood Special Education unit offers technical assistance and professional development to early childhood administrators and practitioners across the state to support these efforts. Please access contact list below to connect with your Specialist.
Visit our Early Childhood Special Education Events page for upcoming events and professional development opportunities.
Contact us if you have questions or needs regarding special education programs and services for preschool-aged children, use the following list to find your Early Childhood Program Specialist, or contact your Specialist from the list below.
Early Childhood Special Education Staff
Page revised 4/4/22