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Early Childhood

This Web page contains technical assistance resources for special education staff, administrators, and families of preschool children who receive special education services. The resources are organized according to the three federal early childhood indicators of the State Performance Plan. The State Performance Plan is Washington's plan for improving school district performance on the 20 federally required program indicators. For more information on the 20 indicators, please visit the Technical Assistance Web page.

Guidance for Families: Young Children and Special Education is an online resource that explains the steps involved when evaluating a child for special education services through the school district. OSPI also maintains a more general resource, Guidance for Families: Special Education Services.

Early Childhood Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) - Indicator 6
Early childhood LRE refers to the Least Restrictive Environment where children receive their special education services.

Early Childhood Outcomes - Indicator 7
Early childhood outcomes for preschool children receiving special education services are reported each year to OSPI. The Child Outcome Summary Form (COSF) is the tool used by Washington to measure early childhood outcomes.

Part C to B Transition - Indicator 12
Part C to B Transition refers to children transitioning from Early Intervention (Part C) to Early Childhood Special Education (Part B) at age three. Indicator 12 requires that children transitioning from Part C to Part B have their initial IEP in place by the third birthday.

Early Learning
Resources and evidence-based practices specific to early learning.


Contact Information

(360) 725-6075
(360) 586-0247 Fax

A Guide to Assessment in Early Learning: Infancy to Age Eight
A Guide to Assessment in Early Learning:
Infancy to Age Eight
(PDF, 204 pages)

Early Learning and Development Guidelines
Early Learning and Development Guidelines
(PDF, 152 pages)


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