Early Childhood Services
Early Childhood Services
The Monroe County Intermediate School District offers comprehensive programming for young children with special needs. Every child is important and we strive to provide services to all children who may need additional help.
All parents looking for information are welcome to call the Monroe County Central Intake number at 734.242.5799, ext. 1610. Once your needs are discussed, you will be contacted by the appropriate child program to discuss your child(ren)s' needs. Or, parents are welcome to comple the On-line Application - Early Childhood Programs Inquiry/Pre-Application to get the ball rolling on any MCISD early childhood program.
With infants, the primary strategy is a home-based stimulation program. Recognizing parents as the primary teachers of their child, an infant specialist demonstrates developmental techniques for parents and then monitors development. Infants are seen twice weekly in their homes.
With toddlers (ages 18 months to 3 years) the Intermediate School's staff provides a home/school program. Parents bring their child to a classroom/library setting one morning a week, where they are a part of an inclusive classroom experience with other toddlers and their families. Interdisciplinary teams of speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and a preschool special education teacher work with groups of children to provide meaningful educational experiences that enhance development in all areas. Parent support is also provided by a social worker/school psychologist. Parents and children are engaged in educational activities that may be carried out at home.
Pre-School Aged Children
MCISD implements a program which is referred to as the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Program/Services. Children with cognitive, physical, or other health impairments attend ECSE classrooms. Children who have a significant delay (at least a year) in communication skills, or children with emotional problems which are impeding their learning ability are considered for placement. These classrooms are located throughout the county in school buildings at local school districts. In all ECSE classrooms an emphasis is placed on developing skills that will enable children to succeed in the school setting. Each child receives appropriate services designed to meet his or her individual educational needs.