Early Childhood Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Early Childhood Special Education services are provided to children, ages birth to 6, who meet one or more criteria established by the Minnesota Department of Education.  Children are identified through a multi-disciplinary evaluation process.  Disability areas include developmental delay, speech/language impairment, autism spectrum disorder, developmental cognitive disabilities, emotional or behavioral disorder, physical impairment, hearing impairment, visual impairment, and delays resulting from traumatic brain injuries or other health disabilities.

To qualify for service, children must demonstrate a substantial delay in development or have a diagnosed physical or mental condition or disorder that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay.  A comprehensive evaluation determines whether children meet state entrance eligibility.

Early Intervention Services for children birth to 3 are provided in natural environments including home and child care settings.  Parents and caregivers are an important partner in early intervention services.

Services for ages 3-5 are provided in a variety of settings including: community based preschool programs, Early Childhood Special Education classrooms, and individual or small group therapy.

Interagency Early Intervention Committee


A program to help families find resources that promote the development of their child. Family centered services provided at home and in the community for children birth to age 3. A developmental screening, and if necessary, an assessment can be done at no charge to the family.

Rice County Early Intervention offers at no cost information, support and referral services to families of children with special needs. Call(507) 333-6804 or (507) 649-0172

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