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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

States are required to report on three child outcomes for preschool to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center provides Colorado with a data profile each year. View the 2017 State Child Outcomes Data Profile.