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Early Childhood Special Education Resources and Guidance


New information about preschool special education services and universal preschool (UPK)

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Child Find

Child Identification Process

Guidelines for Identifying Preschool Children for Special Education (PDF) - Updated July 2022, these guidelines developed by CDE support a comprehensive Child Identification System.
Child Identification Guidelines: Administrative Unit Broad Self-Assessment (DOCX) - A companion self-assessment tool for implementing Part B Child Find for children ages 3 through 5 years old.

Colorado Part B Child Find Coordinators have access to the CDE Learning Management System.  Colorado Part B Coordinators may access the Child Find Part B Child Find Coordinators Hub which includes self-paced educational modules based on the Child Identification Guidelines as well as the Child Find Coordinator’s Forum, a place for connecting with other coordinators across the state.


Developmental Screening

Child Evaluation and Initial Eligibility

Extended Part C Option for Colorado

Extended Part C Eligibility

Third birthday range for potential eligibility for the Extended Part C Program is posted annually by August first on the Colorado Department of Early Childhood’s Early Intervention Website under the Extended Part C Option tab.*

*The Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) are considering changing the initial 2024 eligible birthdate to April 1, 2024. The final decision will be made upon review of available resources and input from the field.  If the eligible birthdate changes, notification will be posted on the Early Intervention Colorado website no later than October 16th, 2023.

Early Intervention Colorado will be distributing a survey in August to gather input regarding the eligible birthday range.  Please be looking for this communication and submit your input.  Contact Mary Morin with questions.

Transitions from Early Intervention to Preschool Special Education

Early Childhood Special Education

Developing Individual Education Programs (IEPs)

Making Decisions about Least Restrictive Environments (LRE)

High Quality Inclusive Environments

Funding for High Quality Inclusive Programing

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) in Preschool

Partnering with Families

Preschool Outcomes


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