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Early Childhood Special Education

Consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), all school districts have an obligation to identify and serve children with disabilities, aged 3 and older. The Billings Public Schools offers a full continuum of educational services for children with disabilities, aged 3-5, as part of an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program.

Eligibility for ECSE services is determined through an evaluation process to determine whether a child meets state and federal criteria as a child with a disability and shows a need for specially designed instruction. A child must be found eligible under one or more of the follow areas:

  • Developmental Delay
  • Autism
  • Deafness
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Speech/Language impairment
  • Other Health Impairment

In conjunction with our Child Find obligation, developmental screenings for children ages 3-5 are scheduled quarterly.  Additional screenings for 3-5 year olds, with suspected disabilities, may be scheduled at any time in the school year. Screening information, along with developmental history and other parent-provided information are then used to determine the need for a comprehensive eligibility evaluation.

For more information on Early Childhood Special Education screening and services, please contact Rimrock Learning Center at 406-601-1800.