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Preschool Special Education Services

About Preschool Special Education

Preschool special education is a state and federally mandated program for three and four year old children who are experiencing challenges in their learning and development and meet state eligibility criteria for special education and related services.

  • Eligible children are entitled to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. This is at no cost to the family.
  • Every school district, some through a local Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), provides special education services to young children. Currently over 8000 children receive individualized special education services in preschool. (December 2014 data)
  • Services are provided through school-based programs, community early childhood settings and/or Head Start programs.

Referrals of children with a suspected delay in development can be made to the local Child Find team where the family and child live. Learn more about Child Find.

Colorado's State Child Outcomes Data Profile 2015-16

States are required to report to the federal government, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), on three child outcome areas. View the 2015-16 State Child Outcomes Data Profile.

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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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