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 Preschool Special Education

(IDEA Part B, Section 619)

The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Section 619 is intended to help states ensure that all preschool‐aged children (3 through 5 years of age) with disabilities receive special education and related services. The Georgia Department of Education is the State Education Agency that is responsible for general supervision and monitoring of this provision. In Georgia, preschool-aged children with disabilities receive their special education and/or related services in their local school districts. 

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 Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). 

Early Childhood 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.

Information for Parents and Educators of Early Childhood Children

Information needed by parents and educators can be found here.

Preschool Special Education Classroom Resources

GaDOE currently does not have any written requirements for preschool special education classrooms, but the expectation is that the classroom would be equipped with furniture and instructional materials that are age appropriate, as well as developmentally appropriate to facilitate the education of children ages 3-5.  In an effort to provide guidance and ideas of how you could construct optimum educational environments for our youngest students, below are 3 Bright From the Start/Department of Early Care and Learning (BFTS/DECAL) resources.

Preschool Special Education Trainings

​The Pyramid Model: Relationships and Environment

GELDS Teacher Toolbox

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) in conjunction with Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), Georgia Department of Public Health/Babies Can’t Wait (BCW), and Early Childhood Educators developed the GELDS Teacher Toolbox as a resource to accompany the Georgia Early Learning and Developmental Standards (GELDS).

The GELDS are the learning standards for children birth to age five.  The standards are appropriate, attainable and flexible enough to support children’s individual rates of development, approaches to learning, and cultural context. They are aligned with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework, the CCGPS for K-12, and the Work Sampling System Assessment.

The Toolbox includes indicator specific activities, as well as, ideas for adaptations and modifications to meet the needs of all children in various preschool settings.


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